Ryan Howard appears to be in midseason form, striking out 50% of his at bats. Through 3 spring games, 8 at bats, he's still hitless with 4 whiffs. Does this really matter? No. Should we be alarmed? No. Don't worry, he'll just woof down some Subway and be good to go.
It appears JC Romero will not be ready to start the season on the active 25-man roster. This is good news for lefties trying to make the team (Mike Zagurski, Antonio Bastardo, and Sergio Escalona), but bad news for Phightin fans. JC missed most of last season with a 50-game suspension and then injury, from which he is still recovering. He says he feels healthy, but doesn't want to risk rushing back and putting himself out for an even greater length of time. Get healthy hombre!