Kennys Vargas will undergo more testing on his bruised left foot.
Vargas fouled a ball off his left foot in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. He's been getting around on crutches and still can't put any weight on his foot. "I can’t imagine him being ready here too quickly," said manager Paul Molitor. Vargas' availability for Opening Day looks to be in doubt.
Pablo Sandoval smashed a three-run homer in a 7-5 win over the Rays on Saturday.
He finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He hit the home run off Blake Snell in the fifth inning. Sandoval was terrible in 2015 and missed all but three games of 2016 with a shoulder injury. The Red Sox took some heat over the winter for not bringing in an alternative to Sandoval at the hot corner. So far he has justified their faith in him, notching a .353 batting average with four home runs in 51 at-bats.
Rusney Castillo went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in a run in a split-squad game against the Rays on Saturday.
He was benched early in camp for failing to run out a ground-out, but has flourished ever since. He is now rocking a .368 batting average with two home runs in 40 at-bats. He is unlikely to start the season with the major league club but may have done enough to earn himself the first shot when an opportunity arises.
Tommy Joseph went 2-for-3 and scored a run against the Red Sox on Saturday.
He missed a few games after getting hit in the hand with a pitch last week. He is batting .260 with two longballs in 50 spring at-bats. He will be the Phillies starting first baseman this year after sharing time at the position with Ryan Howard last year. Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 home runs and 47 RBI in 347 plate appearances in 2016.
Alec Asher started versus the Red Sox on Saturday and allowed two runs in three innings.
He now owns an unwieldy 7.80 ERA across 15 innings this spring. The 25-year-old was destined for the Triple-A rotation regardless of his results in camp and he hasn't done anything to change management's mind. He started five games for the Phillies last year and notched a 2.28 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.
Shae Simmons (forearm) hasn't advanced to mound work yet.
Simmons has played catch the past few days while building up his arm strength. The right-hander strained his forearm about two weeks ago and won't be ready for Opening Day. He'll be a middle relief option for the Mariners when healthy.
Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 and drilled a solo home run against the Phillies on Saturday.
He is rounding into form as the regular season approaches and now has a .244 batting average with three home runs in Grapefruit League play. The Red Sox starting centerfielder broke out last year with a .267 batting average, 26 home runs, 94 runs scored, 87 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Tony Zych (biceps) will make his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Reds.
Zych got a late start this spring following a lengthy recovery from offseason biceps surgery. He's expected to pitch one inning on Sunday. Assuming he comes out of Sunday's outing unscathed, Zynch should be ready for Opening Day.