Chase Utley, who has not taken the field in a game this spring and has been limited to fielding grounders while sitting on a step stool, will begin the season on the disabled list, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
Beerleaguer: According to reports, Utley was unable to reach several grounders, which were instead tracked down by a one-legged dog scooting along on a skateboard. Can the Phillies please, please spare Philadelphia's favorite son the indignity of playing pepper while crouched like some old-timer on his chamber pot? I can sniff the game from 1,200 miles away. Asked if Utley would start the season on the disabled list, RAJ said "I would think so," hedging, just in case Utley's status is upgraded from stool to grandma's ottoman in the final five days of spring.
Hamels tagged in 7-3 loss: Cole Hamels allowed six earned on nine hits in 6 2-3 innings, including homers to Delmon Young and Luke Hughes. In his last thee spring starts, Hamels has surrendered 16 runs in 14 innings. His ERA this spring is now up to 6.75. Luis Castillo remains hitless as a Phillie. He was 0-for-4 for the second straight day, adding two punchouts at the plate. Carlos Ruiz and Ross Gload both had multiple hits for the Phils, and Dane Sardinha smoked a two-run double in his only at-bat. Brad Lidge’s spring struggles continue. He allowed a run on two hits and two walks in 2-3 innings of work. - Game summary by Matt Grassie