PHILADELPHIA — Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt is dealing with an undisclosed health issue and will not be a guest instructor for the Phillies at spring training this year.
Schmidt still plans to visit camp in the middle of March, the team says in a statement. However, the former third baseman won’t serve as an instructor for the first time in more than a decade so he can “remain near his doctors.”
The team says Schmidt also plans to visit Philadelphia throughout the summer.
The Phillies also announced Wednesday that recently retired two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay and former closer Brad Lidge will be among five guest instructors at spring training.
Other former players in the group include radio broadcaster Larry Andersen, a relief pitcher on the 1983 and 1993 National League Championship teams; special assignment scout Dave Hollins, an All-Star third baseman for the 1993 Phillies; and former broadcaster Gary Matthews, MVP of the 1983 NLCS.