Justin Verlander is set to start throwing progression Monday in Lakeland.
Starting up the throwing program is obviously encouraging, but how long it will take for Verlander to get back on track is difficult to say. He will not be ready for the start of spring training and he is also in doubt for Opening Day. The wear and tear is finally starting to catch up to him, so watch where you look for him in drafts this year. He is not the same pitcher he once was.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies seem ready to commit to Asche as their new starting left fielder which certainly gums up the outfield configuration for veterans like Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur. It also displaces Darin Ruf. While they may be happy with the defensive work he did down in the minors, Asche's bat never really heated up, so the team is still going to have some serious offensive woes. This plan may have looked good on paper, but it should be re-visited in a couple of weeks to see how things are panning out. Analysis: Howard Bender