Pitchers and Catchers Report
It's Day One in Camp Clearwater.
Official workouts don't begin nntil Monday, yes. But pitchers and catchers were due in Sunday for physicals.
And many of them got in "unofficial" workouts, too. A vast majority of pitchers have been in camp for at least a week, working on their own.
On Sunday, the newest member of the pitching staff, Cliff Lee, had a catch with Ryan Madson.
Beginning this week, pitchers will throw in bullpen sessions (off the mound for the first times). Later, probably at some point next week, they'll throw live batting practice sessions to their hitting counterparts. (Yes, get here next week and you might see Chase Utley square off against Roy Halladay).
Since workouts were optional Sunday, it was mostly quiet on the first day of clubhouse access for us media types.
But pitching coach Rich Dubee helped us fill our notebooks. Here are a few Dubee outtakes:
On where he was when Cliff Lee signed: "I was in bed. I got a text from a friend. I didn't believe it at first. I went on the computer and the story came up. We're thrilled to have him back."
Did you go back to bed? "I slept really good that night."
On if his job is easier with ace-laden rotation: "I was going to bring a recliner to spring training, but I figured I better stay on my feet for a little while. There's still work to be done."
How will you shuffle the rotation, deciding who's the No.2, No.3, and so on? "That’s not a tough process. We might just put the name sin the hat and draw them out."