Moyer practices; Lidge still limited
Lefty progressing nicely; closer won't pitch live BP Thursday
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- On the list of Spring Training's most intriguing events, pitchers' fielding practice -- or PFP -- rarely ranks high.
But Phillies camp is hardly typical.
These days, PFP provides an accurate reflection of the state of Philadelphia's pitching staff. Take Wednesday, for example. While a line of Phillies pitchers pounced off the mound to field bunts and make pickoff throws, closer Brad Lidge stood quietly off to one side. He's still limited to agility drills, rehabbing from knee and elbow surgeries. Though Lidge will throw another side session Thursday, he won't participate in the first day of live batting practice.
Jamie Moyer, meanwhile, participated in his first PFP of the spring -- a sign that his own rehab from two surgeries is progressing nicely.
"Moyer can't sit still," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel joked.
Those searching for a little spice in the typical Spring Training drills, however, need not look any further than Thursday. At Bright House Networks Field, Roy Halladay is scheduled to throw live batting practice to a group that should include Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez. Though hitters don't generally swing much at this point in the spring, some may be tempted to take a cut or two against their new ace.
"More than likely tomorrow, they're not going to be swinging a lot," Manuel said. "But if they want to swing, they can."
Cole Hamels is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Friday.
Extra bases: Outfielder Domonic Brown returned to camp Wednesday morning, after going home early Tuesday with a touch of the flu. ... Manuel didn't hesitate when asked if he would field a regular lineup in the Phillies' first Spring Training game against Florida State University next Wednesday. "We're going for the jugular, man," the manager quipped.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.