Phillies Weekly – Just the Beginning

Closer Jonathan Papelbon talked about being more of a positive influence in the clubhouse,

“This year, I’m definitely trying to be a lot more of a positive influence and upbeat. It starts from Ryno. It starts from our manager encouraging us to stay positive and be upbeat even though the last two seasons didn’t go as expected for myself and the rest of the guys in the clubhouse.” First full year manager Ryne Sandberg said that he is eager to see Jonathan Papelbon’s fastball as last year his fastball was 93.8 MPH average in 2012 but dropped almost 2 MPH to 92 MPH.

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Second year pitcher Jonathan Pettibone had a cortisone shot on his sore right shoulder and was shut down for the entire week. The Oakland Athletics claimed Joe Savery off waivers day after the Phillies designated pitcher for assignment to make room for A.J. Burnett.

Even though pitchers Cole Hamels and Mike Adams are not scheduled to pitch on Opening Day, they are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions. Manager Ryne Sandberg made his presence felt through his opening speech and then had the Phillies do an intense three hour workout to start off spring training. Hometown kid and top pithing prospect Jesse Biddle is living his childhood dream as he threw live batting practice on Tuesday. Biddle said this about the experience so far of being at big league camp, “It’s a little surreal. But at the same time, I’m here to work.” Veteran Jimmy Rollins had positive things to say about Sandberg’s camp so far, “You can feel that positive spirit. Everywhere you turn somebody is pushing you in the right direction. Not that it wasn’t there before. It’s just new.”

The Phillies will honor the great manager Jim Fregosi by holding a tribute at Bright House Field on March 5 before the Phillies and Atlanta Braves before that afternoon’s exhibition game. Although it is early in Phillies camp manager Ryne Sandberhg and bench coach Larry Bowa have some impressions of some guys, including Baseball America’s 17th rated prospect Maikel Franco. Bowa simply stated, “Lots of talent” and Sandberg talked about the way he fielded a ball, “It seems the harder the ball is hit at him the softer he gets. I’m looking forward to see him in game action. I want to get a good look at him.”

Pitcher Jonathan Pettibone resumed his throwing on flat ground after having a cortisone shot five days earlier. A story came out that the Phillies turned in former draft pick Ben Wetzler to the NCAA because of his violation of using an agent during negotiations. The Phillies had a handshake deal with Wetzler but he had decided to return to college.”

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