Phils opened spring training with great optimism. A great concern this year is keeping the bullpen healthy. Brad Lidge has been given a clean bill of health from his two off season surgeries. J.C. Romero will throw off the mound for the first time this spring today, he says he feels great and has also been given the OK by team Dr.s. Jamie Moyer is feeling great and will be the favorite to regain his spot on the roster as the teams 5th starter.
Ryan Howard has dropped another 20 pounds and is in high gear, ready to start taking cuts from live pitching already in the early spring. Raul Ibanez is fully recovered from the nagging injuries that plagued him in last season's final months. Jimmy Rollins has high expectations for his new teamate Roy Halladay, and the squad, but, has pulled up just short of making any predictions for the 2010 campaign.
As always the Phillies will open the preseason with a scrimage game vs Florida State University.
Battles for bullpen spots and the teams fifth starter heading north should be this preseasons' hot topics and major concern area's. The regular "8" are set, the bench has been solidified, so there will only be a few roster spots up for grabs.
The Phightins are primed for a pennant "three-pete", and hopefully a rematch against the defending WS champion Yanks. Were the Phillies to win the NL pennant in 2010 they would be the first NL team to do so in 66 years. Go Phillies!