Clearwater Notes: Hyatt Will Start Spring Opener, Dobbs Fires Shot – Phillies Nation

Clearwater Notes: Hyatt Will Start Spring Opener, Dobbs Fires Shot

Hyatt will look to build on impressive 2011 opening the 2012 Spring slate against Florida State. Photo by: Jacqueline Dormer, Republican Herald


Austin Hyatt will be handed the ball for the Phillies spring opener on February 29 against Florida State according to our pal David Hale at Delaware Online. Hyatt ranked 15th in Phillies Nation’s Prospect Nation and is a non-roster invitee to Phils’ big league camp. Hyatt was an Eastern League All-Star in 2011 for the R-Phils and had a tremendous second half. Hyatt may be on the short list for emergency starter duties for 2012 and should pitch primarily in Lehigh Valley.

The throwing schedule for February 29, also thanks to Hale, is as follows:

LHP Jacob Diekman
LHP Jeremy Horst
RHP Michael Schwimer
LHP Joe Savery
RHP JC Ramirez
RHP BJ Rosenberg
RHP Phillippe Aumont

Diekman was added to the 40-man roster over the off-season and figures to compete for a lefty role out of the ‘pen with Horst, Savery, and Dontrelle Willis. Diekman’s impressive repertoire may force Amaro to make a very difficult decision. It is likely that Schwimer, Aumont, David Herndon, and Justin DeFratus are competing for the last bullpen spot out of camp.


This comes from the Why Not Us department.

The Florida Marlins finished 2011 72-90 and 30 full games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East. Through much of the year, the Fish were missing both Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez, undoubtedly key contributors. They added Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, and Heath Bell, built a new stadium, and updated their uniforms for 2012 but will all of that close the 30 win difference?

Former Phillies third baseman Greg Dobbs thinks so.

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post spoke to Dobbs, who had this to say:

I think from top to bottom, it’s probably the strongest division in baseball right now.

I’m not going to say the Phillies are the team to beat. I’m not going to say the Braves are the team to beat. It’s a whole new slate.

A lot of things can happen over the course of 162 games. I want us to be the team to beat and there isn’t any reason we cant be that team with the talent, the character and the personality of this clubhouse.

Optimism is a fair thing to have, but it’s doubtful that they will make up 30 games. Dobbs’s Fish would need to not only leapfrog the Phillies, but also jump ahead of the more-talented-than-the-Marlins-on-paper Braves and the rapidly improving Washington Nationals. I just don’t think they’re at that level yet but I’m glad Dobbs does.


Ruben Amaro joined CSN-Philly’s Jim Salisbury today to discuss Charlie Manuel‘s speech before opening full-squad workouts yesterday. Manuel used the Dobbs’s comments as ammunition in his opening speech. Manuel told Salisbury, “When someone says that, it’s good for our team. It’s good for Jimmy Rollins and [Shane] Victorino. It’s good for [Ryan] Howard. It’s good for our pitchers. I take that as a challenge. That’s OK. It’s part of baseball. At the same time, I think our guys will react to that in a good way.”

Amaro said Manuel “said exactly what needed to be said,” and had “good direction.” Asked if he added anything after Manuel spoke, Amaro noted his contribution was “Play to win and be prepared.” Video of Salisbury and Amaro can be found here.


Salisbury reported later this afternoon that Howard was headed back to Philadelphia for what was called a “setback” by Manuel but a “check-up” by Assistant GM Scott Proefrock. Amaro told Salisbury: “Ryan is progressing well. We just thought it would be a good idea to see the doctor to make sure he’s doing OK before he starts doing more activity.” Salisbury noted that Amaro called the visit routine.

Of note, Twitter was exploding earlier this afternoon that Howard was crushing baseballs. It sounds more like a check-up, but Manuel scares me that he used the word setback; Salisbury notes that Manuel does feel, however, that the Big Piece will not miss much time.



  1. Jacobo Hakim

    February 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Yeah That’s how you talk Dobbs! LET’S GO MARLINS!

  2. Lefty

    February 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    News on the “setback” –
    “UPDATE (7:03 p.m.): Ruben Amaro Jr. wanted to clarify Charlie Manuel’s comments late Saturday evening. Amaro said Ryan Howard developed a seroma, a type of small cyst, near his wound. That is not the reason for Howard’s previously scheduled visit to the doctor.

    “The reason to see doctor was routine,” Amaro said. “He might treat it. Ryan is doing fine. We don’t view it as a setback.” “

  3. Chris

    February 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Why is Greg Dobbs of all people going to be the one to say it? At least have someone who matters on the team say it.

  4. EricL

    February 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    1. lol @ Dobbs. GTFOutta here with that nonsense. Your #1 pitcher’s shoulder capsule is filled with trinitrotoluene, and you’ve got a 3B who doesn’t give a damn when he’s actually playing a position he wants to play. That teams is a mess and you’ll be lucky to beat out the Mets.

    2. lol @ Ruben. Stop lyin’, bro.

    • George

      February 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Regarding 2: I’m not sure Amaro is actually lying here, but he’s certainly being optimistic and perhaps overly so. A seroma, according to other sources, might or might not be considered a problem. Much depends on how it needs to be treated. Sometimes it’s a matter of just letting it take care of itself, but once in a while, it needs to be drained. But even if Rube isn’t exactly lying, he should at least keep his idiot mouth shut until he hears from the doctors. He always does this sort of crap, though.

      Rube said today, “Yes, we’re optimistic so far. He’s had no bad reactions to his wooden leg, besides a few termites, and he’s on schedule to return by the end of May.”

      • Jeff Dowder

        February 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

        I tend to believe Charlie over Amaro. Realistically, we’re probably looking at the All Star break for Ryan’s return.

      • Lefty

        February 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

        I don’t believe any of them, but I agree with Jeff Dowder’s prediction. I think the AS break is a good target for consistent back to back games.

  5. Andrew from Waldorf

    February 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I love coming here and reading how people post about the contract like hes important or matters or is even a good player.
    That he is hurt takes the phillies from being 25-1 to win the series to 20-1
    Its a good thing. There is hope that someone else may come in and play the game right. We know he will never play the game right. Why? Because the Manager Uncle Junior allows and encourages the bad play and not playing the game right. Charlie is like some of you here. Still thinks it is 2008 and this is the best line up in baseball. And I just laugh.

    The contract had 644 plate appearences. Hitting 4th he scored 48 runs ( minus his homers).
    Eric Hosmer. Playing for the lowly Royals Scored 66 runs ( minus the 19 homers is 45) in 563 plate appearences.

    Thats the Kansas city Royals. Heard of them? He was a rookie. I am sure most havent heard of him. the 2011 Royals won 71 games.

    So in 80 more plate appearneces your 4 hitter scored 3 more runs.

    Do you comprehend how bad your line up is?
    Or maybe how bad the contract is?

    If not hurt he is about the 100th best hitter in baseball. Now hes a cripple like your second baseman. So you can only hope he returns to last years levels. Which were terrible.

    Sorry I come in sometimes and try to educate. I really dont try often anymore.
    Keep on believeing.
    Someone posted here just 6 months ago he is the most feared hitter in baseball LOL.
    Wheeler and Mccarthy certainly sell it to you every day too.
    You will blame his injury for every bad game this year. When its moot.

    But keep updating his status like he is the eighning MVP and still a great hitter.
    It amuses me. And while hes in the infirmory I wont be able to tell you guys how crappy he really is.
    Which is good for you guys.

    1 month to opening day.

  6. Lefty

    February 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    O/T- I must have missed something I thought Hamels said there was no deadline to the extension negotiations? Apparently not according to his agent!

    “Boggs has already let word out that if the Phillies don’t sign his client to a long-term deal by the end of spring training, there will be no more negotiations and the slender lefty will test the free-agent market.”

  7. George

    February 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’d put very little salt with this article, Lefty; maybe half a grain. It’s mostly speculation and bad math. Boggs may have “let word out,” but I’d prefer to see an actual transcription of that word so I could read my own interpretations into it, as that article’s author has done.

    • EricL

      February 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

      If “taking something with a grain of salt” means that you should be skeptical of whatever that thing is, then if you would put half a grain of salt on that article, is that supposed to mean it’s mostly a credible article? Halfway between a credible article and a false article?
      Salt levels in articles interests me.

      • George

        February 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        It seems to me that to make somethings more palatable, they’re sometimes piled high with salt, like McDonald’s french fries. Therefore, I believe that the less salt used, the more ghastly the flavor of whatever you’re taking that salt with. The item therefore becomes even harder to swallow.

    • Lefty

      February 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

      I agree with you George. I still would like to have someone else like Stark, Salisbury or any of them approach John Boggs to ask if there is any truth to it, just so we have confirmation.

  8. psujoe

    February 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    5/$100 and Cole is a done deal. Just need to waqit until the season starts to stay under the luxury tax. If Cole wants more than 5/$100 bye bye.

    • EricL

      February 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Maybe, maybe not.

      Provided he has another season like the last few, I’d be surprised if Cole’s open-market price isn’t significantly higher than $20mm per.

  9. Lefty

    February 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    If it goes to FA it will shoot through the moon, CC, Johan type money. If he signs early, it would have to be at least Lee money.

    BTW – the top ten highest paid pitchers list will make you sick. Once you get past Lee, Verlander and Halladay- all of them are, well – I guess the term of the day would be- not worth a grain of salt.

    For 2012 only (not the entire contract)
    1)Santana 24m
    2) Sabathia 23.5m
    3) Lee 21.5m
    4-5) Verlander 20m
    4-5) Halladay 20m
    6) Zito 19m
    7) Zambrano18m
    8)Peavy 17m
    9)Burnette 16.5
    10) Before buy-out- Oswalt 16

    • George

      February 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Santana, too, may not be worth much if his shoulder acts up again. Also, you put Oswalt on this list, but for 2012, due to that buyout, he is not making that $16 million, so he shouldn’t count as one of the top ten. Right now, Kyle Kendrick has a bigger contract than Oswalt.

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