An hour after receiving a passing grade on the physical examination that cleared his way to sign with the Phillies, Dontrelle Willis was already in red gym shorts and a red T-shirt, sweating it out in the team's Citizens Bank Park weight room Thursday afternoon.

Willis is thrilled to be a Phillie and the experience will be that much better for him if it means a reunion with lifelong pal Jimmy Rollins.

Willis and Rollins are both natives of Alameda, Calif., both former stars at Encinal High School. Willis was four years behind Rollins so they never got a chance to be teammates.