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Diekman, De Fratus Join Phillies

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

ATLANTA — Lehigh Valley’s season is officially over, and that leaves the Phillies with a handful of young arms and positon players for the remaining month of the season.

Jake Diekman, who had an earlier stint with the Phillies this season, was recalled Saturday afternoon.

In 23 appearances, Diekman posted a 4.64 ERA. He started pitching incredibly well for the Phillies but the left-handed side-armer ran hit a wall and found himself with the inability to find the strike zone.

As a result of that, Diekman walked 17 batters in 21 1/3 innings, affecting his WHIP which stands at a 1.594 as well as his 6.3 BB/9.

The other arm being called up was Justin De Fratus, who the Phillies selected this morning.

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Roster Moves: Diekman, Elarton and Sanches sent down

Right-handed relievers Scott Elarton and Brian Sanches were both re-assigned to minor league camp this morning. Lefty Jake Diekman was optioned as well.

Both Elarton and Diekman had good shots at making the Opening Day roster.

Elarton was having an up-and-down spring, sprinkling two awful outings in with three good ones. He allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

Diekman, who was pitching coach Rich Dubee’s favorite project of the spring, pitched very well. He allowed one unearned run on two hits in five innings, striking out nine batters. He was one of three pitchers to throw at least five innings without allowing an earned run this spring.

Predicting the 25-man roster for Opening Day

From left to right: IF Pete Orr, LHP Jake Diekman and 2B/SS Freddy Galvis.

It’s about that time of year again when Opening Day approaches and speculations about the roster arise.

In a perfect world, there are no injuries and this guessing game is easy. But for the Phillies, they don’t live in a perfect world.

Instead, their two best players are starting the season on the disabled list – combining for $35 million out of the line up in Pittsburgh. Their top middle infield utility player broke his foot during Spring Training and a couple of the relievers don’t appear to be in regular season form.

It leaves the door wide open for a handful of spots on the Opening Day roster, and here is a look at who will be dressing on April 5.

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