Notes: Phils' rotation lacks a lefty

Notes: Phils' rotation lacks a lefty

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- No lefties, no problem, according to manager Charlie Manuel.

With Randy Wolf out until at least mid-July recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Phillies will likely open a season without a lefty starter for the first time since 1999 -- when Wolf debuted in June.

What, Manuel worry?

"No, that's what we got," Manuel said. "Is it nice to have lefties? Sure, I'd like to have two. If I had my choice, I'd like to have [Johan] Santana, C.C. Sabathia. I might pitch [Barry] Zito out of the bullpen."

But seriously, Manuel is set to go with a right-handed rotation of 17-game winner Jon Lieber, Brett Myers, Cory Lidle, Ryan Franklin and Ryan Madson. Even Gavin Floyd or Robinson Tejeda breaking up that group wouldn't change the equation.

While Manuel conceded that a balanced staff would be ideal, he'd rather have five quality arms, which is what he's expecting.

"A balanced staff is what you look for," Manuel said. "We don't want all the same type of pitcher. It's better if we have guys with a little different delivery and style. We have five guys capable of pitching well."

New voice: The Phillies announced the addition of Scott Franzke to their broadcasting team on Friday. The 33-year-old will host the pregame and postgame shows and do play-by-play for two innings on Phillies games aired on WPHT 1210 AM and the 21-station radio network.

He replaces Tom McCarthy, who joined the Mets this winter after five years with the Phillies.

Franzke performed similar tasks for the Rangers the past four seasons and also worked for Texas in 1997-98. He'll join Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, Larry Andersen, Chris Wheeler and Scott Graham on Phillies broadcasts.

Bobblehead city: Mike Lieberthal has a fan at Dunder-Mifflin Paper Products Inc., and is "touched and honored" to be a part of television history.

Astute watchers of the NBC show "The Office," which is set in Scranton, Pa., should've noticed a Mike Lieberthal bobblehead on the desk of office suck-up Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). The item, from Lieberthal's time with the Red Barons, was prominently featured in an episode in which co-workers played a prank on Schrute by placing his belongings in an office vending machine.

In another episode, the boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell), was at his desk playing with a Marlon Byrd "rubber duck." The items, giveaways from previous seasons, were requested by the show's producers last summer.

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"It's perfect," said Lieberthal, after another hot day in the Florida sun. "It's nice to be remembered."

Quotable: "He's a player. The more you watch him, the more you see that the kid knows how to play. He knows how to catch, he knows has to throw, he backs up the bases, he's a line-drive switch-hitter. He's definitely a Major League prospect. He was an All-American college player, and I think you'll see why." -- Manuel, on catching prospect Jason Jaramillo

Philling in: Catcher Carlos Ruiz and reliever Aquilino Lopez were not in camp for the second straight day because of lingering visa problems. Ruiz is expected to arrive in Florida on Friday evening and should be in camp on Saturday. Team management is less certain about Lopez's status.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.