Jim Salisbury

Preparing To Fill In

Jim Salisbury -Premium Content

Chase Utley and Jason Donald were among a handful of early arrivals in spring training camp. Utley, the Phillies' all-star second baseman, was easing himself back into baseball activities after having hip surgery in November. Donald was being tutored at second base, just in case Utley is not ready to open the season on time.

Majors | #2009#Organization Reports#Philadelphia Phillies

Talking About Pitching

Jim Salisbury -Premium Content

There's more to pitching than winding up and firing, and the younger a pitcher learns that the better. That was the goal of an exercise run by Gorman Heimueller during the Phillies' Florida instructional league. Heimueller, the Phillies' minor league pitching coordinator, believes instruction should not be limited to the physical during instructional league. He believes the mental side of the craft is just as important in a young pitcher's development.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Philadelphia Phillies