|Several Phillies headed to Pittsburgh|
Rumors circulating around the Phillies front office indicate there are serious concerns about the team’s offensive support this season.
Amaro is responding to concerns from the players that the Phillies pitching rotation of Haliday, Lee, Hamels and Oswalt is so strong they will not be able to successfully practice their offensive skills if they face them this spring.
Taking drastic steps, Ruben Amaro announced that Phillies position players will not be required to attend the first 4 weeks of spring training in Clearwater. Instead, Amaro negotiated a deal with the Pirates that allows the Phillies batters to join the Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton Florida spring training camp for the first four weeks.
Both Amaro and the players feel that the Pirates extremely high team ERA represents the best opportunity to for the players to work on batting skills in the early preseason.
Amaro feels confident that after working with the Pirates pitching for a few weeks the players will be ready to return to Clearwater for the remainder of the pre-season.