Phillies Spring Training 2009

February 15, 2009 4:49:12 PM PST
Kyle Kendrick isn't the same gullible guy who thought the Philadelphia Phillies traded him to a Japanese team last year. The 24-year-old pitcher has more legitimate concerns this spring than worrying about pranks. He's trying to earn a spot in the starting rotation.

He's won 21 games in his first two seasons in the majors, but enters camp in a four-man race for the No. 5 starter job.

So far, pitching coach Rich Dubee says Kendrick is the front-runner.

The other candidates are veteran Chan Ho Park, rookie J.A. Happ and prospect Carlos Carrasco. But that can change quickly once the exhibition schedule begins.

Phils sign utilityman Cairo to minor league deal

Utilityman Miguel Cairo has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cairo is a career .266 hitter in 13 seasons. He spent last year with the Seattle Mariners, hitting .249 with 23 RBIs in 221 at-bats.

Primarily a second baseman in the past, Cairo mostly played first base last year. He saw action at every infield position and the outfield.

Cairo will compete with former All-Star second baseman Marcus Giles and prospect Jason Donald for a possible spot on the team.

If All-Star second baseman Chase Utley is ready to play the season opener after offseason hip surgery, the Phillies might not take the extra infielder.

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