Quick recap of what's going on in the Phillies world.
*Curt Schilling officially announced his retirement yesterday on his blog 38 Pitches. Now the debate of whether he's a hall-of-famer begins.
*Kyle Kendrick, Lou Marson, and Jason Donald have all been optioned to the minors. Donald was the only one of that group making a positive impression this spring, but some Triple A schooling will be good for him.
*Cole Hamels 4th starter? Well, not really, but he may be ready to go by the 4th game of the season.
*Ultimate fighting, Cold Stone Creamery owning relief pitcher Rudy Seanez reportedly turned down an offer to return to the Phils this season. He's said to have interest from some other teams, but he's mulling retirement.
*Miguel Cairo (batting .286 with 3 hr) and Marcus Giles (batting .182) are still fighting for a bench job. However, that would mean either Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs would have to be traded or released (both not likely).
*The Phils helped out 5th starter hopeful JA Happ yesterday by supplying 8 runs to defeat the Yankees 8-3. Happ went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned), 5 hits, and 3 walks. Condrey, Eyre, and Lidge followed him in relief working scoreless innings.
*For what it's worth (and probably not much), Eric Bruntlett is batting .340 this spring with a .971 OPS, 12 r, 6 dbl, 1 hr, 6 hr, 10 bb, and 6 sb.
*Cole Hamels pitches in a minor league game today and the other 5th starter hopeful Chan Ho Park goes against the Blue Jays.
*Rumor- righthanded batting, utility infielder Jeff Baker is out of option with the Colorado Rockies and they're looking to swap him for pitching. Ken Rosenthal lists the Phils and Kyle Kendrick as a possible match. Baker is 27 years old and can play 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and OF. Career line: .262/.319/.468 over 219 games and 4 seasons with the Rox.
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