Phillies Notes: Rich Dubee watches son Michael pitch against Phillies

Pitching coach Rich Dubee takes in the action of a spring training game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Pitching coach Rich Dubee takes in the action of a spring training game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer) (Gerald Gaul)
Posted: March 05, 2011

BRADENTON, Fla. - When Michael Dubee was announced over the loudspeaker at McKechnie Field as the new Pittsburgh pitcher, Pete Orr was in the on-deck circle. He turned to ask for a scouting report from the best source possible: the pitcher's father.

"Oh, I told him what he had," Rich Dubee said.

The Phillies pitching coach said he was "pretty relaxed" and wanted to see his son pitch well Friday in a Grapefruit League game. But in other circumstances, that desire would change.

"Regular season, if he ever gets there and pitches against us, I hope we light him up," Rich said. "These types of games, I hope he does well."

In two-thirds of an inning, Michael Dubee (a former Phillies draft pick) allowed two inherited runners to score. Rich said he made a mistake on a curveball that Dane Sardinha hit for an RBI single.

It wasn't the first time Rich saw Michael in a big-league game. Last season, in the on-deck series at Citizens Bank Park, Michael pitched.

"That was a tough situation," Rich Dubee said. "I could never imagine. I had to pitch in front of my father in high school. I could never imagine doing it in a professional game."

On Friday, the two were able to discuss the day at the family's home in nearby Sarasota, Fla.

"Good dinner talk," Rich said.

Bastardo's debut

After being slowed by the stomach flu and tenderness in his left arm, Antonio Bastardo made his Grapefruit League debut Friday with a scoreless ninth inning. He earned the save in the 7-4 victory by striking out two Pirates.

Bastardo threw first-pitch strikes to all three batters he faced. If the Phillies take two lefthanded pitchers for the bullpen, the 25-year-old figures to be one of the favorites.

"First time out, he was fine," Dubee said.

Rest for RF

None of the three candidates for playing time in right field made the trip to Bradenton on Friday. Ben Francisco, Domonic Brown, and John Mayberry Jr. had gone on the long bus ride to Fort Myers on Thursday, so manager Charlie Manuel built in a day off for them.

Brown is hitless this spring in 15 at-bats, with nine strikeouts. But after his final trip to the plate Thursday, in which he drew a walk after a lengthy at-bat, Brown said he was pleased with his progress.

"I'm finally starting to get comfortable," he said.

Extra bases

Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the spring, an opposite-field bomb off Fernando Nieve. . . . A Phillies official confirmed a report by WTSP in Tampa that J.C. Romero's $190,000 Porsche was stolen Thursday night from a repair shop in St. Petersburg. . . . Righthander Brian Schlitter, whom the Phillies picked up off waivers in February, has been limited by elbow soreness. . . . Roy Halladay will make his second start Saturday against Pittsburgh.

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