Phillies Weekend Roundup: Andrew Painter’s elbow, Jose Alvarado’s new pitch, today’s lineup, and more
The Phillies went 1-2 over the weekend but return to action today at 1:05 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
Phillies Starting Lineup vs. Orioles
Lineup Notes: Bryson Stott leads off playing second base. Darick Hall plays first. Edmundo Sosa will play short, and Weston Wilson will get the nod at third. Bohmer is set to DH, while Cave, Kingery, and Muzziotti will round out the outfield. Michael Plassmeyer will make the start. Today’s game is only available on MLB.com.
Sunday may have been the last Spring Training we see from Trea Turner, Kyle Schwarber, JT Realmuto, and Garrett Stubbs. The four players are set to kick off the World Baseball Classic this upcoming weekend, and while no word has been released yet, it’s safe to assume that these players will be leaving Clearwater in the next few days.
News tends to get lost over the weekend. Other than the Painter news that we’ll jump into, not many huge stories have come out of Phillies camp over the last few days. But let’s talk about what we know in our new series…Phillies Weekend Roundup.
Andrew Painter Injury Update
Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter received tests on his elbow over the weekend after coming in the day after his first start with a tender elbow. The Phillies have yet to release any sort of update or results of the tests, but Rob Thomson said that Painter is in good spirits.
Expect an official update either later today or tomorrow.
Jose Alvarado Adds a Curveball
Jose Alvarado has always really been a two-pitch pitcher. A sinker that he throws 54% of the time and a cutter that he throws 42% of the time. He has a four-seam and a curveball that he never really throws at a combined 3%.
Alvarado has worked heavily on his curveball this summer and is now planning to add it to his arsenal in 2023. When a player of Alvarado’s caliber, who pumps 100mph on average, adds an offspeed, it elevates his game to a whole different level. That’s what Alvarado is hoping for in the upcoming season.
“It has more depth, it has a little more glove-side movement, and it’s also slower. It’s a tough deal for a hitter. The speed gap they have to account for is tough, especially for guys that are really aggressive. You can pick one of his pitches and try to sit on it. Some guys can do it. But it might be a little harder to sit on it now knowing that something 86-88mph may be coming.” – Caleb Cotham
Alec Bohm Talks on Gaining Muscle
Alec Bohm has put on 15-20 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He looks bigger, he’s swinging the bat harder and more impactful already, and he’s got a great shot at a breakout season in 2023. Here’s how he did it.
Bryce Harper’s Arrival in Clearwater
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper is set to arrive in Clearwater, Florida, on Wednesday. Harper was recently cleared to take dry hacks and will soon be able to hit softly off of a tee.
Harper was the “Grand Marshal” at yesterday’s NASCAR race in Las Vegas.