Sunday, February 27, 2011

Phils vs Yanks Round 2, Utley has tendinitis

The Phillies and Yankees are less than an hour away from their second consecutive match-up to kick off the spring schedule. Here's the Phils' lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Placido Polanco, 3B
6. Domonic Brown, RF
7. Ben Francisco, DH
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Wilson Valdez, 2B

The five hole is a strange place to put Polanco in the lineup. Everyone in the lineup, with the exception of Valdez, is more likely to hit for power. Polanco is obviously at his best when hitting second, but it's the second game of spring so I may be over-analyzing a bit.

Chase Utley had an MRI which revealed tendinitis in his right knee; just another in the long line of problems preventing Utley from playing at 100%. He'll certainly miss some more time this spring, but the team remains hopeful he'll be ready to go on opening day.

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