CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Phillies have done extensive fundamental work in the six days that the full squad has been together. Baserunning. Cut-offs. Infield pop ups. Pop ups down the lines. Fielding. Throwing. Run downs. Bunt defenses. Ground balls. Lots of ground balls -- to the left, to the right, infield in -- until leg-burn sets in.
Pitchers, who began official workouts Feb. 13, have thrown bullpen sessions and increased the intensity by facing hitters in live batting practice.
Monday will be another work day in Ryne Sandberg’s first camp, but dismissal time will come a little earlier as the team has its annual spring golf outing.
The golf outing signals a transition in camp as the team gets ready to play some games. The Grapefruit League schedule starts Wednesday when the Phillies host the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Tuesday, the Phils will have a dress rehearsal of sorts when they play an intrasquad game at noon at Bright House Field. Admission is free if you are in the neighborhood.
The Phillies' tentative pitching list has Jesse Biddle and Ethan Martin as the starting pitchers.
Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will remain a mystery man. He is not scheduled to pitch in the game. Gonzalez will likely be unveiled sometime in the first week of Grapefruit League action.
Biddle, of course, is a local guy out of Germantown Friends. The 22-year-old lefty was the Phillies’ first-round draft pick in 2010. He is in his first big-league camp and projects to open the season in the Double A rotation.
Martin will likely open in the Triple A rotation. He might be best suited to be a power-armed reliever down the road, but for now the Phillies need starting pitching depth.
Others tentatively listed to pitch in Tuesday’s intrasquad game include: David Buchanan, Justin DeFratus, Luis Garcia, Jeremy Horst, Cesar Jimenez, Shawn Camp and Kenny Giles.