CLEARWATER, Fla. — A few quick updates in the wake of today’s 5-4 loss against the Phils:
»»» Infielder Yamaico Navarro was hit by a pitch on his left forearm. He left the game and was taken back to Bradenton for x-rays. No other information is available.
»»» Jeff Karstens was The Dominator this afternoon in a minor league game at Pirate City. The righty tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings, allowed three hits, walked two and racked up 10 strikeouts. “It went very well for him,” manager Clint Hurdle said.
»»» Scott Podsednik won it for the Phils with a walkoff homer off lefty Daniel Moskos. It was the first earned run Moskos has allowed in eight outings this spring.
»»» Pedro Alvarez snapped an 0-for-18 skid, which included 11 strikeouts, with a single to center off Cliff Lee. It was a good at-bat, as Alvarez fouled off three tough pitches before getting the hit. Alvarez went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts — raising his average 14 points to .135 — and made a fielding error at third base. He appears to have dramatically cut down on his toe tap, moving his foot back only a couple of inches as the pitcher begins his delivery, then picking it up and planting it.
»»» Josh Harrison, Navarro, Clint Barmes and Neil Walker have put in a lot of work every morning at 8 on the main field at McKechnie, trying to get in sync with first basemen Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee. That kind of preparation is vital, so the fellas at first know what kind of throws to expect from around the infield. “We’ve done a great job with all the early work,” Hurdle said. “We’re working on turns, pivots and throws. We’re also doing that work on the back field after b.p. They’re figuring out who’s ball does what, when his arm’s high does it drop down or now, does the ball carry or is there some sail to it.”
»»» Charlie Morton is slated to pitch five innings tomorrow against the Rays. Evan Meek (two innings), Chris Leroux and Juan Cruz (one apiece) also are scheduled to pitch.