CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jayson Werth emerged as the Phillies' starting rightfielder last season and earned a two-year, $10 million contract this winter.
Werth, however, hasn't played in the team's first two exhibition games, and he is not on the travel list for today's game against Cincinnati.
Manager Charlie Manuel was adamant that Werth was fine. Apparently, it was just a coincidence that head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan was at Werth's side as he walked from the dugout to the clubhouse after the top of the third inning of yesterday's game against Toronto.
"There's absolutely nothing wrong with Werth - zero," a mildly agitated Manuel said. "He's just not ready to go yet - swinging, running, everything. It happens. It's not a big deal. He's fine."
Said Werth: "Everything's fine."
Manuel said Werth could be in the lineup tomorrow.
Utley update. There is no timetable (at least not one the Phillies are willing to make public) for Chase Utley to begin playing in games. But the all-star second baseman continues to make progress in his recovery from November hip surgery. It's possible that Utley will be ready for the regular-season opener.
Utley took batting practice before yesterday's game and hit the ball hard, though he said his swing still needed work.
"The hip is fine," he said. "I'm just trying to get the feel [at the plate] again."
The other recovering Phillie, third baseman Pedro Feliz, began hitting off a tee yesterday. He underwent back surgery in October.
The Mick. Former Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini began a two-week stint as a guest instructor. Morandini coaches baseball at Valparaiso (Ind.) High School and eventually would like to manage in the majors. He is willing to start in the minor leagues, but not until his three ball-playing sons (ages 14, 12, 8) get older.
Morandini, who was on the 1993 club that lost to Toronto in the World Series, was thrilled that the Phillies won it in October.
"I was happy for them and the fans," he said. "It was a long time coming."
The game. The Phils fell to 0-2 with a 6-2 loss to Toronto. They had just six hits and have scored only four runs in the first two games.
"Our hitting is behind," Manuel said. "But we haven't seen a lot of live hitting yet. Our players didn't get here until the 17th."
Exhibition games started earlier this season so players participating in the World Baseball Classic could get some game action before leaving their respective camps.
John Mayberry Jr., picked up in an off-season trade with Texas, had the Phils' only extra-base hit, a hard-hit double down the left-field line.
Top infield prospect Jason Donald, who started at second on Wednesday, got the start at third and made two nice defensive plays.
Reliever Justin Lehr allowed two home runs in the fifth, and Blaine Neal gave up four runs in the eighth.
Gary Majewski, who had a 2.93 ERA in 79 games for Washington in 2005, worked two scoreless innings and struck out two. The righthander is in camp on a minor-league contract.
Extra bases. Philadelphia-area singer John Flynn sang the Canadian and American national anthems before the game. Flynn sang part of the Canadian anthem in French, and that was almost as impressive as his great work, "A Manatee Sneezed on Me." . . . Attendance was 5,795, well below capacity, but a big crowd is expected tomorrow when Pat Burrell and his new team, the Tampa Bay Rays, visit. . . . Drew Carpenter will face Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo today in Sarasota.