Veteran sportswriter Jim Salisberry of CSNPhilly was on Daily New Live today and he talked about the possibilities of what could happen in rightfield for the Phillies this season. He believes that the solution to rightfield might not be worked out until later in the season. Charlie Manuel stresses being patient, so he’s going to give the guys plenty of time.
Young Dominic Brown and veteran outfielder Ben Francisco were the names that came up right away concerning right field. I heard Manuel a couple of weeks ago talking about being patient with Brown and letting him relax and play ball the way he knows he can during spring training.
Salisberry said Manuel wants Francisco to show more fire. He’s a nice guy, who tends to be low-key most of the time, but Charlie wants more passion out of him, but he definitely likes the pop in his bat.
He went on to say that the Phillies might consider bringing in former Phillie outfielder and current San Francisco Giant Aaron Rowand, but that would mean the Giants would have to pick up part of his salary.
Here’s the lineup which Salisberry said we will probably see at the start of the season.
Philies Line Up Vs. Righthanders
1. Jimmy Rollins
2. Placido Polanco
3. Chase Utley
4. Ryan Howard
5. Raul Ibanez
6. Shane Victorino
7. Dominic Brown
8. Carlos Ruiz