CLEARWATER, Fla — Their cubicles are lined up side by side at the end of the locker room: Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels and Roberto Hernandez.
The last time Ryan Howard started a regular-season game in any spot other than cleanup was June 29, 2008, when he batted fifth for the Phillies. That was 889 regular-season games ago.
Last spring was like so many springs that came before it for the Phillies. There were questions that led to distractions. Or distractions that led to questions. Or both. Either way.