Ryan Howard has 3 homers, 9 RBI’s and is hitting .200 this spring.

By Michael McCarthy

The Phillies’ season opener against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens bank Park is eight days away, and the question must be asked:

Where exactly are the Phils going to get any offense?

The Phillies settled for one run on five hits Saturday, as they fell to the Twins, 7-1. And manager Ryne Sandberg is admittedly concerned.

“This is the time of the spring when you want the guys to be finding their strokes,” Sandberg said as the Phillies’ team batting average dropped to .231. “Overall, this is the time of spring when you want to see more fine-tuned at-bats.”

Instead, only Cameron Rupp (.400), Chase Utley (.375), Brian Bogusevic(.355), Odubel Herrera (.346), and Russ Canzler (.314) are hitting over .300.

And the clock is ticking.

Sandberg admitted he is also concerned about the Phillies’ defense, which has been a bit sloppy of late.

Meanwhile, there are still a number of decisions to be made. Sandberg said the Phillies are close to making a significant number of roster cuts.

“Probably within a day or two,” the manager said.

However, with exhibition games in Philly next Friday and Saturday, Sandberg said the Phillies will probably not make their final cuts until next weekend. Rosters are due at the commissioner’s office a week from Sunday.


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