A.J. Burnett struggled as the Philadelphia Phillies woeful Spring Training continued at Ed Smith Stadium against the Orioles. Nothing seems to be going right for the Phillies this Spring offensively or for their pitching staff.
- A.J. Burnett and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez gave up a combined 10 earned runs on 11 hits and 3 walks. Neither looked good raising more question marks about the starting rotation after the news that Cole Hamels may not pitch in April.
- Michael Stutes Spring struggles continue as the right hander tries to prove that he can stay healthy and be productive again at the big league level.
- The Phillies offense continues to be pathetic. Domonic Brown, Ryan Howard, Freddy Galvis, Bobby Abreu, and Cody Asche are all hitting below .200.
- The Cole Hamels saga continues in Philadelphia as many fans and the media feel there has been a cover up job concerning the left handers health. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro justified his statements about prior health updates about Chase Utley and Roy Halladay saying that the Phillies only ever told what they knew and that they expected Utley to return mid March (when he was out until midseason) and that the team believed Roy Halladay was fine the past two Springs and were as shocked as fans when he was unable to return to form. He then discussed the current situation with Hamels saying, “What is the point of holding back information or not doing our jobs and making sure our players are healthy? Guys get hurt, when they get hurt, they don’t play. It’s as simple as that. He’s throwing every single day. He’s never stopped throwing. I do not know when he will throw off a mound. We’re hopeful that he does it some time next week. He felt good yesterday, he threw. He felt fine, no pain. He felt better, he felt a little bit stronger, and so we’ll progress him and when he’s ready to throw off the mound he’ll throw off the mound.”
Roberto Hernandez will make his third start of the year against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field.
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