WHAT WE KNOW: Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee will have plenty more options than they did for most of last season, when young relievers Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes were forced into the fire after injuries struck Jose Contreras, Brad Lidge and, for a stretch, Ryan Madson. The ninth inning wasn't a problem last year, and it shouldn't be one this year with Jonathan Papelbon replacing Madson. The 31-year-old former Red Sox closer relies primarily on a wicked fastball, occasionally offset by a splitter.
WHAT TO WATCH: All eyes will be on veteran Jose Contreras throughout the spring as he attempts to rebound from elbow surgery that sidelined him for the final 5 months of last season. Contreras has a 3.44 ERA with 8.9 strikeouts-per-nine and 3.1 walks-per-nine in 70 2/3 innings since joining the Phillies in 2010. But he turned 40 in December and is attempting to rebound from a significant injury.