03/21/11 5:02 PM ET
Victorino collides with Ibanez, bruises left eye
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Victorino suffered a bruised left eye and a sore jaw, but otherwise is OK.
Victorino and Ibanez pursued a fly ball in left-center field when they collided. Victorino slammed into Ibanez's left shoulder and tumbled to the ground.
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"I feel good," Victorino said.
Victorino said he had no headache. He said the Phillies will evaluate him to see if he suffered a concussion.
Castillo's competitors unfazed by signing
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Luis Castillo is a low-risk move for the Phillies -- they pay him nothing if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster -- but since they signed him, it means some pretty important people think he can play.
Castillo directly impacts five players in camp: Josh Barfield, Pete Orr, Michael Martinez, Wilson Valdez and Delwyn Young. Those five players not only are competing for playing time at second base, but also a spot on the 25-man roster.
"Whatever they decide is their decision," Valdez said. "I cannot control that. They signed him for a reason."
Valdez's spot on the 25-man roster is not in jeopardy, but he had been the heavy favorite to be the Opening Day second baseman until Monday. He had hit .439 (18-for-41) with three doubles, one homer and six RBIs this spring.
"It's kind of open," Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of the starting job at second base.
Barfield has hit .344 (11-for-32) with three doubles, one triple and three RBIs. Orr has hit .333 (12-for-36) with three doubles, three triples and two RBIs. Martinez has hit .292 (14-for-48) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. Young has hit .292 (14-for-48) with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs, although Young is more of an outfielder than a second baseman.
Barfield, Orr and Young are non-roster invitees signed to Minor League contracts. The Phillies have the option of sending them to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start the season. Martinez is a Rule 5 Draft pick, which means he must remain on the 25-man roster the entire season or the club risks losing him to the Nationals.
Knowing they cannot lose Barfield, Orr or Young, the Phils could open the season with Castillo. If he plays well, he stays. If he struggles, they can release him and bring up one of the other three.
"It doesn't change anything for me," said Barfield, who had a two-run single against Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester in Monday's 4-1 win. "I've still got to impress and play well. I feel if I do that, I'll make the decision tough for them. But ultimately, it's their decision. I understand their position. They have to do what they need to do, because they don't really know the situation with Chase [Utley]. I don't think anything they do could take away my motivation. My goal is to get back to the big leagues."
"It probably does mean something, but it's not something you can worry about," Orr said. "You have to do what you regularly would do. It's part of the game. There's always going to be competition, no matter who it is. For a player like myself, you're always battling somebody. If I worried about every person that signed somewhere, I'd be a mental case."
Halladay feeling strong after latest outing
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay is ready for Opening Day.
He allowed five hits, one run and three walks in 7 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-1 victory in a Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox at Bright House Field. Halladay threw roughly 98 pitches.
"I felt good," Halladay said. "Both arm and body, I felt strong. I didn't feel like I got tired. I felt like I had a lot more left. Physically, I feel I'm where I need to be."
Club won't look elsewhere to fill voids
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel expressed deep concerns Sunday about the holes Chase Utley and Jayson Werth have left at second base and right field.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is concerned, too. But he also said what the club has in camp will have to work.
"It's going to have to be [enough]," he said.
Phillies closer Brad Lidge is scheduled to pitch in a Minor League game Tuesday. He has been sidelined since March 11 because of right biceps tendinitis. ... The Phils said right-hander Jose Contreras has a corneal abrasion and will miss a few days. ... General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said right-hander Brian Schlitter (right elbow) and infielder Brian Bocock (left wrist) will have MRI exams in the coming days. Amaro said they have not improved like the club has expected. ... Third baseman Placido Polanco, who has not played since last week because of a hyperextended left elbow, will continue to swing off the practice tee Tuesday. ... The Phillies announced a record crowd of 10,912 on Monday at Bright House Field. ... Astros pitchers Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez and J.A. Happ will face the Phillies in the season-opening series at Citizens Bank Park on April 1-3.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.