Once his signing was made official, it didn’t take long for Kyle Schwarber to get into the Phillies lineup. In Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays, manager Joe Girardi didn’t make Phillies fans wait long to see him at the plate as he put him in the leadoff spot in the order. The new Phillies slugger went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his spring debut.
OFFENSE – While Schwarber didn’t take part in the offensive fun on Wednesday, JT Realmuto, Didi Gregorius and Matt Vierling did and all three players collected two hits on the day. Realmuto and Vierling also scored a run and drove in two for the Phillies in their 13 hit attack. Realmuto hit his first home run of the spring in the third inning against righty Jose Berrios. Gregorius scored a run and drove in another.
HR: Realmuto (1), 3B: none, 2B: Hoskins (1), Gregorius (1), Moniak (1), J. Williams (1), SB: Vierling (1)
PITCHING – Young pitchers hoping for a roster spot pitched well, but guys who would seem to be a lock to go north struggled in their outings. Starter Cristopher Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three batters. Nick Nelson added two scoreless innings to his spring log and Francisco Morales got the save with a scoreless ninth. Connor Brogdon was touched for a run on two hits and a walk and Sam Coonrod was only able to go 2/3 of an inning and allowed three earned runs on two hits and a walk. Phillies pitchers allowed four home runs, three of which were solo shots.
WP – Sanchez (1-0), LP – Berrios (0-1), SV – Morales (1),
PITCHES/STRIKES – Sanchez 27/18, Brogdon 21/14, Coonrod 22/12, Ross 10/7, Nelson 31/22, Kelly 30/20, Morales 22/14
PHILLIES NOTES – Nick Castellanos officially became a Phillie on Wednesday and was introduced to the media at a press conference in Clearwater. It likely won’t take long for the latest signee to make his debut with the Phillies in spring training… Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session Wednesday and was impressive. He will throw a live batting practice session and then be ready to pitch for the Phillies. He said he felt good and is happy with his progress and reasserted that he believes he will be ready to go for the opening week of baseball… Odubel Herrera’s MRI showed a mild strain in his right oblique that will sideline him for four to six weeks, meaning opening day is out of the question. Vierling was mentioned as a possible platoon candidate with Herrera, but now, both he and Adam Haseley will have a shot at added playing time in center field. Mickey Moniak could be another option although the Phillies don’t view him as a center fielder… The Phillies thanked Morales for picking up the save by optioning him to minor league camp.
ON THE AGENDA – The Phillies (3-2) will be in Bradenton Thursday to play the Pirates (3-2) at LECOM Park. Aaron Nola (0-0, 9.00) will make his second start, while Mitch Keller (0-0, 0.00) will also make start number two for the Pirates.