Spring is almost here. Spring Training, that is….

The Phillies will officially begin their defense of their World Series title tomorrow, as pitchers and catchers will officially report at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Although the team is, for the most part, already set, there will still be some battles for spots on the team. Among them will be, who will be the fifth starter and who will be taking up residence in the bullpen between J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick, Chan Ho Park, and prospect Carlos Carrasco; who will be playing back-up to Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Chris Coste or Ronny Paulino; and lastly, who will be playing second base, if Chase Utley is not ready by opening day, April 5, Eric Bruntlett or prospect/rookie Jason Donald, or someone else. Other questions to be answered will include: will Raul Ibanez be the improvement to the departed fan favorite Pat Burrell that everyone keep saying that he is; will the Phillies be able to get lefty Will Ohman to replace J.C. Romero during his 50 games suspension, or will they be able to find someone in-house; will they be able to get Nomar Garciaparra to sign on the dotted line to become their right-handed bat off the bench to compliment left-hander Greg Dobbs, or will they be able to do it with left-handers Matt Stairs and Geoff Jenkins; will the afformentioned Utley actually be ready to start at second base on opening day, or will the Phils tell him to give his right hip the rest that they think it will need for him to be fully ready; will Pedro Feliz’s back be ready to let him play during the spring; will the Phils be able to get somebody to take Adam Eaton off their hands, or will they just let him go; and lastly, will anyone among the invitees be able to get a job with the main team, or will they be spending the season in the minors or with another MLB team.

Those are the questions. They should all be answered by the time the Phillies will start their title defense at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night, April 5, against the Atlanta Braves.

Me, I can’t wait to find out the answers. :)

7 Comments

I don’t think any of us can wait any longer! Let’s play ball!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Amen to that, Julia.

Aargh! Too many questions for this Random mind to take! Hopefully the answers come quickly!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Here we go! Spring training time. Can’t wait to read all the blogs on monday!

~King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

RRRT – Oh, and here’s one more question that I’d forgot to post yesterday. Will a trimmer Ryan Howard be able to improve on his defense during the spring? Hee, ain’t I a meanie? Anyway, yeah, I hope the questions are all answered quickly.

KofC – Yup, and I’m sure that everyone else out there in the Blogsphere can’t wait to find out what’ll show up on Monday.

I am so anxious to get started, I’ve been packing for a week now :O) Not leaving until the 20th. Well, more preparation is better than less!

Jenn
http://PhilliesPhollowers.MLBlogs.com/

Better to be prepared early, then to pack close to the day that you’ll be leaving and find out that you’d forgotten something once you get there. Have fun while you’re there, and say hi to the guys for the rest of us Phillie bloggers.

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