* Third baseman Travis "Moose" Mattair, who winces in pain during an interview after twisting his lower torso the wrong way. He's sporting a softball-sized multicolored bruise on his lower abdomen. He smiles and continues the interview. Later, he goes out and plays 11 innings.
* Domingo Santana, who runs down a flyball in rightfield and crashes into a steel barrier in foul territory, creating a grandstand-shaking thud. He tumbles violently over the barrier, the crowd draws a collective gasp, and the team rushes to the 18-year-old player's aid. It looks worse than it is: He dusts himself off, shakes off the cobwebs and returns to his spot in rightfield.
* An empty locker stall with the name-tag "Aaron Altherr" taped above. The highly touted, 6-5 outfielder had been demoted to Williamsport a couple days earlier, a decision prompted by the cold reality of a .211 batting average in 41 games with the BlueClaws.
* A sign in the clubhouse reminding the players that their $40 clubhouse fee is due soon. These guys make about $1,200 per month.
* Conversations - several of them - in Spanish, a reminder that many of these young players have traveled great distances to pursue an elusive major league dream. Ask second baseman Alan Schoenberger, of Brisbane, Australia.
Conclusion? When wringing the statistical towel dry, it's easy to forget that these young men pay a hefty price with the hope of one day cracking a big-league roster.
WELCOME BACK, 'CUTTERS
We have another team to follow: The short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters began play Friday. Here's a look at some noteworthy 'Cutters suiting up for manager Mickey Morandini:
* Outfielder Kelly Dugan (6-3, 195) was the Phillies' first pick in 2009 (a second-rounder). He was with the 'Cutters last season when he fouled a ball off his shin in batting practice in June and missed most of the season when an infection developed. Dugan, 20, had been at extended spring training awaiting an assignment.
* Outfielder Kyrell Hudson (6-1, 180) was a third-rounder in 2009 and the scouting reports described him as a raw talent with lots of speed. Hudson, 20, spent last summer with the 'Cutters and hit .173 in 156 at-bats. Raw, very raw.
* The Phillies took third baseman Harold Martinez (6-3, 210) with the final pick in the second round this month out of the University of Miami. Martinez, 21, had just finished a so-so junior year after a monster sophomore campaign.
* Catcher Bob Stumpo (6-4, 240) grew up in Wilmington, starred at West Chester and was drafted in the 33rd round a year ago. Stumpo, 23, played in 18 games at advanced-Class A Clearwater last summer and caught a game with the Threshers earlier this season, going 3-for-4. He homered against State College in Friday's home opener.
* Hard-throwing righty Perci Garner (6-3, 225) was picked in the second round last year out of Ball State. Garner, 22, appeared in two games last summer with the 'Cutters, allowing eight runs in four innings, before he was shut down with arm soreness.
* Then there's free-agent outfielder Luis Amaro (5-11, 175). Familiar name? Yes, Amaro, 22, is the brother of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
THE NEXT LEVEL
A bunch of players were promoted Thursday and we thought it might be interesting to look at how their first few days at the next level went. Righty relievers Phillippe Aumont and Justin De Fratus, lefty starter Ryan Edell and first baseman Cody Overbeck moved from Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley. First baseman/designated hitter Joe Savery joined righthanded reliever Justin Friend on the trip north from Class A Clearwater to Reading.
* Aumont and De Fratus both debuted Saturday at Pawtucket. Aumont went two innings, allowed four hits, no runs and struck out four. De Fratus went two innings, allowing two runs (earned), three hits, a walk and fanned three. The IronPigs lost that one, 8-1. The winning pitcher for the PawSox? Kevin Millwood.
* Overbeck played in three of the four games against the PawSox, going 2-for-12 with his first Triple A homer in Sunday's contest.
* Edell, 27, was 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA in 12 starts at Reading, but got roughed up in his first start at Lehigh Valley. He allowed five runs in 5 innings and got the loss in Friday's game at Pawtucket.
* Savery appeared in two games in Reading's weekend series with New Britain and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. His torrid start at Clearwater came to a screeching halt in recent weeks. The move to Double A is a good one, just to see if the pitcher-turned-position player has a future as a hitter.
* Friend made his R-Phils debut Sunday. He allowed a run, two hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out two. Friend also had been struggling recently with the Threshers after a brilliant start.
The South Atlantic League All-Star Game will be held tonight in Salisbury, Md., home of the Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore's Class A affiliate). Lakewood ace righty David Buchanan will start it, with righthanders Garett Claypool and Lisalberto Bonilla also making the trip. Slugging first baseman Jim Murphy and outfielder Anthony Hewitt will also represent the BlueClaws.
ON THE FARM
Lehigh Valley (AAA - 42-27)
Tonight: vs. Indianapolis, 7:05
Tomorrow: vs. Indianapolis, 7:05
Thursday: vs. Indianapolis, 7:05
Friday: vs. Charlotte, 7:05
Saturday: vs. Charlotte, 6:35
Sunday: vs. Charlotte, 1:35
Monday: vs. Charlotte, 7:05
Reading (AA - 35-33)
Tonight: vs. Erie, 7:05
Tomorrow: vs. Erie, 7:05
Thursday: vs. Erie, 7:05
Friday: at Akron, 7:05
Saturday: at Akron, 7:05
Sunday: at Akron, 1:05
Monday: at Altoona, 7
Clearwater (A - 39-28)
Tonight: vs. Tampa, 7
Tomorrow: at Tampa, 7
Thursday: vs. Daytona, 7
Friday: vs. Daytona, 6:30
Saturday: vs. Daytona, 6:30
Sunday: at Lakeland, 1
Monday: at Lakeland, 7
Lakewood (A - 33-35)
Tonight: All-Star Game (at Delmarva), 7:30
Thursday: vs. Delmarva, 7:05
Friday: vs. Delmarva, 7:05
Saturday: vs. Delmarva, 7:05
Sunday: vs. Delmarva, 1:05
Monday: at Hagerstown, 7:05
Williamsport (A - 2-1)
Tonight: at Jamestown, 7:05
Tomorrow: at Jamestown, 7:05
Thursday: vs. Batavia, 7:05
Friday: vs. Batavia, 7:05
Saturday: vs. Batavia, 7:05
Sunday: at Auburn, 6:05
Monday: at Auburn, 7:05
(Note: Team records are through Sunday.)