2014 Spring Training

Phils Drop Shortened Opener to Jays, Watch Santana Throw

The Phillies lost their Grapefruit League opener today 4-3 to the Blue Jays in a rain-shortened, seven inning affair. The Jays got out to an early 1-0 first inning lead off of a Jose Bautista homer off Robert Hernandez. The Phillies answered right back, scoring two in the first on singles by Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd on four hits and a walk off J.A. Happ. Hernandez and Phillippe Aumont, who replaced Hernandez for the third inning, each gave up two earned. Non-roster invitee Jeff Manship pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth, striking out three, while Antonio Bastardo gave up a hit but no runs in the sixth, and Rule 5 pick Kevin Munson gave up a walk and a hit but also allowed no runs.

While the Phils were competing against the Jays, they were also apparently one of a handful of teams to scout former Cy Young winner Johan Santana, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman quotes reports that say while Santana looked to be in great shape, he was only topping out at 81 on the radar gun.

The Phillies will be in action tomorrow in Dunedin in a rematch against the Jays. The Phillies will send Cliff Lee to the mound followed by Ethan Martin in relief.



  1. Abel Ruiz

    February 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I wouldnt mind the phils picking up satana could be one of thoses low risk high reward type deal but only if they get him for a good price

  2. Keith

    February 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    If that truly is his top out speed..not a good idea. He lives off of that changeup, but he still needs it to have at least a five to six mph difference. Now on to the boys today! Robert left some pitches up, but his velocity was very promising. All the bats looked solid. Aumont just doesn’t seem to be in it mentally. Open to everyone else’s thoughts.

  3. Abel Ruiz

    February 26, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I wouldnt put santana in the rotation maybe in the pen as a long relief guy and a spot starter but im sure he’s looking to be a starter in a rotation

  4. Keith

    February 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I agree. I don’t think he’d be willing to be a long relief fill in starter. I’ve always liked him..even as a Met. So I hope he can play…preferably not in the NL East.

  5. wbramh

    February 27, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Based on his MLB reference, the scoreless 2-inning performance (w/3 KOs) from Jeff Manship appears to be his finest pitching outing since Little League. For a guy who has been shelled more heavily than Dresden he looked great out there. I hope he finally found his stride. Stranger things have happened, like the Miracle at the Meadowlands – or the popularity of river dancing.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      February 27, 2014 at 8:29 am

      “Stranger things have happened, like the Miracle at the Meadowlands – or the popularity of river dancing.”


    • Vinnie

      February 27, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Manship did look great, his change up was outstanding. But,it is only one outing so we will see what happens.

    • Lefty

      February 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      The batters haven’t been looking at true change of speed for a while. Manship’s deception may not be so sneaky looking in a few weeks, but there is always a chance that maybe he’s a guy that found something new that he never had before.

  6. bacardipr

    February 27, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Eighty sounds low could be he needs to build up his strength. The Phillies are kind of desperate with Hamels and Petti having issues. Everyone knows Rube loves the big names and the older the better.

  7. mudmin

    February 27, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Sounds like Santana needs to be what Pedro Martinez was a few years ago and come in late in the season

  8. bacardipr

    February 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for the Link Chuck…

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