CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Is this real life?
Top Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle threw live batting practice Tuesday morning at Carpenter Complex to Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu and Ben Revere. Biddle was born and raised in Philadelphia, so growing up he watched plenty of Rollins and Abreu.
"It's really surreal, but my first four pitches to Bobby Abreu were high and outside -- probably because I was unable to separate the two," Biddle said. "That's the stuff I need to get over. It's fun to think about it as some kind of dream, but it's not a dream anymore. This is real life."
Roy Halladay, who is in camp as a guest instructor, introduced himself to Biddle early in the day. Afterward they spoke for at least 30 minutes in front of Biddle's locker.
"He was talking about some of the young pitchers having a meeting with him and being able to sit down and talk to him and ask questions," Biddle said. "Yeah, there are a lot of things you want to learn from a guy like that. He's a Hall of Famer, All-Star, he's unbelievable."
Biddle will open the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the average big league team last season used 10 starting pitchers, so it is not out of the question Biddle gets a call if he performs well with the IronPigs.
"I just kind of want to soak it all in," he said. "I know I won't be here the whole time, so while I'm here it's nice to kind of take what I'm learning here and apply it to my season."
Hamels, Adams look ahead to bullpen sessions
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session next Tuesday at Carpenter Complex.
He is behind schedule after feeling discomfort in his left shoulder in November. He said he could open the season on the disabled list, but if he does he said he does not expect to miss much time.
Right-hander Mike Adams is throwing off flat ground two more times before he could throw his first bullpen session Feb. 27. He is behind schedule following right shoulder surgery in July.
He said he would be pushing it to be ready by Opening Day on March 31.
"I would love to be ready for Opening Day, but I've got to do what's best for myself and best for the team. I want to make sure I'm there for the long haul and not rush myself out there and do something that's not smart. I'm thinking early to mid-April might be more realistic. Once I'm ready to go, I don't want to have any more setbacks or go on the DL or anything. If it's late April, it's late April. Do what's best."
Sandberg sets tone in first full Phillies workout
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies held their first full-squad workout Tuesday at Carpenter Complex, and it opened with a few words from manager Ryne Sandberg.
"Just to get everybody on the same page as far as expectations, my philosophies on things and my definitions on things," he said. "Respecting the game was one of the topics. I gave some examples. I laid things out there so there are no misunderstandings. In a lot of ways, it felt like back in the day, an Opening Day-type of thing. There was anxiousness. Good butterflies. I was excited to see everybody and actually get started with the process of molding the guys together as a unit."
The workout began with baserunning drills, something Sandberg said he plans to continue.
"That's an area that I think needs improvemen,t so when they stretch and go out and do the baserunning, I think it becomes a major priority," he said. "The guys are fresh. These first few days are about technique, it's not necessarily conditioning, and it's definitely not a punishment, but it's a technique and it's a fundamental exercise and that'll be stressed. It's great on the feedback. The guys said, 'Hey, it was great, it got us loose.'"
• Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw live batting practice to Chase Utley, Cody Asche and Freddy Galvis. He was wild at times, but Sandberg said he got some good feedback from hitters. "It was his first time doing that, and it's something he can learn from and build on," he said. "Some of the hitters mentioned he was down in the zone pretty good and had some action on his changeup."
• Sandberg has been asked plenty already about his 25-man roster, but he repeated Tuesday there is an open competition for jobs on the bench and bullpen.
• The bench could be influenced by the Phillies' desire to have a player on the bench that can play center field. Sandberg mentioned Marlon Byrd and Domonic Brown can play center in a pinch, which would help Darin Ruf's chances to make the team.
• Sandberg said he ideally sees Jimmy Rollins hitting second this season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.