Injuries making it hard for Phils to find lineup

Injuries making it hard for Phils to find lineup

Injuries making it hard for Phils to find lineup
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies seem more unsettled than in any other Spring Training in recent memory.

Ryan Howard isn't at first base. Chase Utley isn't at second base. Third baseman Placido Polanco has had trouble getting on the field.

If John Mayberry Jr. plays first base, who plays left field?

If Mayberry plays left, who plays first?

Who hits third? Fourth? Fifth?

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel offered little insight into how his lineup might look Opening Day. Utley left the team Monday to have a specialist treat the chronic condition in both his knees, which has sidelined him since last month. Manuel was asked following Monday's 4-3 victory over Detroit at Bright House Field if there is a chance he might play Polanco, who has been sidelined since Saturday with a sprained left ring finger, at second while Utley is out.

"I don't know," he said. "I'm having trouble keeping him at third base. I'm trying to get him healthy right now."

Manuel also was asked if he might consider playing Utley at first base if he returns and Howard is out.

"That comes up, but I don't know," he said. "I don't want to say never. I mean, right now, I think about that sometimes, but me, I don't know yet. I don't think that might be the best thing to do. First baseman, they're always active. They're taking all of the throws. He's hit ground balls, too. He's more into the picture than you think he is, if you stop and think about it. There's a big workload there, too."