Sunday, March 16, 2008

Phillies Skipper to Take Hitters to Woodshed

A trip to the woodshed may be in store for several Phillies regulars, as manager Charlie Manuel has found his starting lineup a bit lackluster past the midway point of spring training in Clearwater, Fla.

With Jimmy Rollins hitting .156, Geoff Jenkins .162, Jayson Werth .174, Pat Burrell .194, Chase Utley .200, and Shane Victorino .250, Manuel hints he will have a "little chat" with some of his players, according to remarks quoted by the Philadelphia Enquirer.

"It's not like a lightbulb. You don't turn it on and off," said Manuel, worrying that the team's seemingly indifferent attitude might linger into the regular season.

The Phillies stand at 5-12 on the spring, the second worst record in major league baseball, ahead of only the Pirates. It's a small sample, of course. But then again, it is what it is.