Myers Reaches 100….pitches
With the Phillies in Ft. Myers, Bright House Field was rather quiet on this Good Friday.
Those that didn’t make the trip south worked out in the a.m. and then enjoyed the rest of the sunny, warm, cloudless Clearwater day.
Carpenter Field was buzzing, however. A large crowd was on hand to watch Brett Myers pitch in an AAA game against the Blue Jays. The goal was to continue building up Myers’ arm strength and get him to 100 pitches. He did that with two out in the top of the seventh. He gave up four runs, all in that inning. “Must have thrown 100 pitches that inning alone,” he quipped as he walked back to Bright House Field.
Jayson Werth spent the afternoon at Carpenter Field getting at-bats in both games, AA and AAA. “Jayson is approaching his 42nd at-bat,” kidded pitcher John Ennis.
Detroit Tigers at sold out Bright House Field. 500 berm tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m.
A pre-game brunch and Q&A session with Werth, Greg Dobbs and a couple of broadcasters will be held for Phillies fans that are part of a Spring Training USA group tour. Over 160 are on the tour.
After Thursday’s game, Pat Gillick and his staff and Charlie Manuel and his staff met for over an hour to discuss the final roster make-up. The minor league camp will have a longer meeting tomorrow after the 10 a.m. minor league games at Carpenter Field. There’s one more week of spring training and four minor league rosters (Lehigh Valley, Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood) need to be finalized in addition to the Phillies’ 25-man opening day roster.
Chris Coste will sign his new book post-game near the Tiki Pavilion.
Next two games are on TV, Comcast SportsNet (tomorrow) and CW Philly (Easter afternoon) . . . WPHT (1210 AM) will broadcast the next three games. That means the games can also be heard on phillies.com . . . LHP Niles Jordan, 82, who pitched for the Phillies in 1951, died March 15 in his Sedro-Woolley, MA, home. “Glorious and awestruck” is how Niles described his major league debut.