03/06/11 4:31 PM ET
Maddon breaks out five-man infield
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Phillies had runners on second and third with one out in a tie game when Maddon had Rays left fielder Russell Canzler move from left field to third base to give Tampa Bay a five-man infield. Third baseman J.J. Furmaniak, shortstop Tim Beckham and second baseman Daniel Mayora shifted as Phillies catcher Joel Naughton stepped to the plate.
Naughton singled to right field to score Ross Gload to win the game, 4-3.
"You have to work on it sometime," Maddon said.
Phillies fans certainly were familiar with the five-man infield. Maddon used it in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series, but Carlos Ruiz chopped a ball up the third-base line to allow Eric Bruntlett to score the winning run. Maddon has used it since then, too.
Hellickson's hamstring holds up nicely
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson threw 34 pitches in a successful bullpen session Sunday in Port Charlotte, Fla., manager Joe Maddon said at Bright House Field.
Hellickson has been nursing a strained left hamstring since the beginning of Spring Training. Maddon said Hellickson will throw another bullpen session in two days. If that goes well, the hurler could pitch Friday against the Pirates in Port Charlotte.
Hellickson's performance last season fueled speculation he could win a spot in this year's rotation. Subsequently, the team gained enough confidence in him and traded Matt Garza to the Cubs. Tentatively, the right-hander is penciled in as the No. 5 starter.
The 23-year-old doesn't see anything changing his spot in the rotation.
"I don't think I'll be missing any games," Hellickson said last week.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.