Bell Returns To Phillies Lineup

The Phillies lost to the Yankees 5-1 Tuesday night, but as with most spring games, the result mattered much less than what happened. David Bell was the big news as he made his spring debut after battling a strained back ligament for the past month.

David Bell looked a little rusty. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and bobbled a ground ball hit his way. That's to be expected, since Bell was playing in his first spring game and hasn't had much opportunity to get into game shape.

Jaret Wright set down the Phillies without too much trouble through the first six innings.

Ryan Howard had two of the Phillies' six hits and drove in their lone run of the game. Jimmy Rollins returned to the lineup for the first time since fouling a ball off his right knee over the weekend and went 0-for-3.

Pedro Liriano started and threw 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks. Amaury Telemaco followed with 2.1 shutout innings and Martire Franco pitched a perfect eighth inning for the Phillies. Mike Bacsik struggled in his effort to win a major league job, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in one inning of work.

Roster moves: The Phillies sent pitchers Geoff Geary and Dan Giese along with infielders Chris Coste and Danny Sandoval to minor league camp for assignment. Geary spent some time with the Phillies last season, but has struggled this spring in his effort to return to Philadelphia.

Minor League Stars

John Castellano continues to hit for the AAA squad, picking up a homerun, three RBI and three hits in Monday's game... Chris Roberson and Michael Bourn appear ready for the season to begin. Both have shown good plate discipline and have been getting on base and scoring runs for the AA squad... Derek Griffith pitched four innings on Monday and allowed just one earned run for the "Clearwater" team... Kevin Shepard allowed just one earned run in 3.2 innings of work for the "Lakewood" squad on Tuesday... Sean Gamble has been hot, collecting another hit in Tuesday's 6-6 tie with Tampa Bay.

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