Phillies Florida Notebook

Perhaps seeing Pat Burrell playing in Clearwater, but wearing a Tampa Bay Rays uniform will help bring some closure to fans who wanted to see the Phillies re-sign Burrell. Notes on that and other items all coming up in our Phillies Florida Notebook.

Pat Burrell is well familiar with Clearwater. He spent a lot of time there as a Phillie and knows the place well. For the first time in his career, he was back in town Saturday, but this time, wearing a Tampa Bay Rays uniform.

There was a lot of unfamiliarity for Burrell, too; being in a different clubhouse and figuring out how to be successful as a designated hitter.

"It's a different side of the field, that's for sure," said Burrell before Saturday's game.

Burrell doubled in two at-bats against his old team and is hitting .333 on the spring as he settles into life as a designated hitter.

Now, Werth is hurt
For days, the Phillies were denying that there was anything wrong with Jayson Werth. The official word was that he just wasn't "game ready" and would be playing soon. On Saturday, he was on the lineup card for the first time this spring, but then had a line drawn through his name. Apparently, Werth was fine, until batting practice on Friday when he strained his shoulder. At the time, it wasn't thought to be anything, but with it still being a little sore Saturday, they sat him down and have him listed as day-to-day.

Mayberry swinging strong
Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. hit his first home run in a Phillies uniform Saturday in his quest to make the club as a utility outfielder. Mayberry's shot came off Toronto starter Mitch Talbot. After collecting two hits on Saturday, Mayberry is now hitting .400 this spring.

So, could he make the club's bench?

It's very possible that Mayberry could make the club, especially if Werth's injured shoulder turns out to be anything lengthy (which it's not likely to be). Mayberry is getting a good amount of playing time and is making the most of it early in camp. And since the Phillies need some right-handed pop off the bench, Mayberry is in the mix.

Starting at third... again
Jason Donald continues to see playing time this spring as he fights for a spot on the Phillies roster. Donald has played in all four of the Phillies spring games, starting once at second and starting three games in a row at third. On Saturday, he picked up his first hit of the spring and is now 1-for-10.

Like Mayberry, Donald also has a shot at making the club and possibly starting at third base while Pedro Feliz continues to rehab from off-season back surgery.

Everybody's doing great
There are four main combatants for the fifth starter's spot - Carlos Carrasco, J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick and Chan Ho Park - and so far, the results are all pretty good. Carrasco and Happ have each thrown two shutout innings, while Kendrick was able to go 2 2/3 innings Saturday and allowed just one earned run in the Phillies win over Tampa Bay. Park has yet to see action this spring.

No more Nomar
The Phillies have moved on from having any hope of signing infielder Nomar Garciaparra as a free agent. Garciaparra is now deciding between signing with Oakland or retiring and seems to be leaning slightly toward retiring.



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