Ready to roll
Physicals for pitchers and catchers are out of the way. Much of today, especially the morning, was spent in the athletic trainer’s office.
Now, 31 pitchers and nine catchers will get physical at Carpenter Field starting at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning. A batch of position players, led by Chase Utley, Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell and Ryan Howard, will work out informally at Bright House Networks Field while the pitchers and catchers do their thing on the four fields next door at Carpenter.
Actually, 29 pitchers will be in action. Right-handers Scott Mathieson (Tommy John surgery last summer) and Yoel Hernandez (right-shoulder problems from a year ago) will not be ready to go full tilt. They will have different programs while rehabbing.
Charlie Manuel and the entire instructional staff that is in camp, are finished with meetings. They huddled Tuesday and today, reviewing every player in camp, plusses and minuses and medical issues. Basically, all are physically fit to get going except the two mentioned above.
Players begin arriving at Bright House Network Field as early as 7:30 each morning. Breakfast is available for those who are hungry. The clubhouse is cleared of media at 9:30 a.m. with the players briefed on the day’s schedule around 9:45 a.m. Day one will end around 12:45 p.m.