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Rosters Expand; Schierholtz Activated From DL

ATLANTA — The rosters all around baseball expanded to 40 today.

With that, the Phillies made their first move of the final month, activating outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the 15-day DL. With Schierholtz’s activation, no one has to be sent back down in his place.

In the coming weeks that won’t be the only player to be added to the roster. Expect a few prospects and returning pitchers to make appearances for the remaining 30 games.

That list includes pitchers Joe Savery, Michael Schwimer and possibly Justin De Fratus and a first-look at J.C. Ramirez. As far as position players, Jason Pridie and Pete Orr could make it back to the Majors.



Phillies Prospect Aumont Gets Call to The Show

RHP Phillippe Aumont pitching this past Sunday in Lehigh Valley. (Photo by John Russo)

PHILADELPHIA — Almost three years ago, Cliff Lee was traded to Seattle for a package of prospects.

The move replenished the farm system after the Phillies dealt some of their top prospects to Toronto to acquire Roy Halladay.

Three players were acquired for Lee: pitchers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez as well as outfielder Tyson Gillies. Aumont will be the first to finally wear a Phillies jersey.

Ramirez is also with Triple-A, posting a 3-1 record with 4.73 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. Gillies is in Double-A Reading and is currently suspended for yelling at a bus driver.

The move will come almost forced, with Jeremy Horst, the player whose spot was vacated, taking time off on paternity leave, as well as Aumont’s turn coming next after a dozen failed bullpen experiments this season.

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Phillies blast Seminoles in win

Jim Thome bats against FSU's Mack Waugh in the 7th inning. (Photo via @RyanLawrence21)

The Phillies were back in action today, hosting the Florida State Seminoles at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL this afternoon.

The pitching was exceptional and the hitting wasn’t, which is always expected in the first real nine innings of baseball played, regardless the talent on the other side.

Florida State’s pitching finally gave way to some runs and the Phillies won their first game of Spring ball, 6-1, over the Seminoles. It was a five-run 7th inning that did the Seminoles in.

Hector Luna, who replaced Ty Wigginton at third base in the 3rd inning, had himself a nice game, hitting a two-run homer in the 7th. He also walked in his other at-bat of the game.

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Doc, C.C. sharp in Phils rout

Once the starters left, the flood gates opened. Unfortunately for the Yankees, the flood gates never opened on the Phils end.

Roy Halladay and C.C. Sabathia battled with some shut-out ball before the Yankees bull pen surrendered seven runs as the Phillies won, 7-0.

Halladay looked really sharp, allowing four hits and striking out two in six shut out innings of work. Sabathia allowed three htis and struck out two in five innings of work.

Michael Stutes, J.C. Ramirez and Michael Schwimmer all pitched an inning of perfect ball each to preserve the shut out. All three of them are battling for a bull pen spot.

Stutes has been really impressive so far. He has a 1.50 ERA in six innings of work this spring while striking out eight. David Murphy on Twitter said his fastball has a lot of movement to it. It will be interesting to see how much he will be considered for a bull pen spot, if not on Opening Day but during the season.

On the offensive side, John Mayberry hit his third homer of the spring, a two-run shot in the sixth. Ben Francisco had a two-hit game, including a double, as he is working on solidifying his Opening Day starting job in right field.

2B: Polanco (1), Francisco (3). 3B: Barfield (1). HR: Mayberry (3).

WP: Halladay. LP: D. Robertson.


Phillies beat Jays in Doc’s debut

It was the spring debut game of ace #2 for the Phils. After Hamels very strong effort on Saturday, Roy Halladay made his spring debut against his former team in the Phillies 6-3 win today.

Phils starter Roy Halladay makes his spring debut against his former team, the Blue Jays, on Monday. Doc pitched two scoreless innings in the Phils 6-3 win. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Doc went two innings, allowing a couple hits and a walk while striking out one. Placido Polanco had a pair of hits and two RBIs and Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run double, falling short of a grand slam in the second inning.

Ben Francisco continue his torrid spring, going 1-for-2 with walk, RBI and run. He’s batting .571 so far as he is hoping to gain the lion’s share of right field this season.

Matt Gelb was reporting on former first round pick Matt Anderson earlier on Twitter. Anderson made his spring debut, hitting 95 MPH on the radar gun, a very surprising number. He pitched a clean eighth inning, striking out one.

J.C. Ramirez was also impressive, hitting 94-95 MPH on the gun. He pitched the third and fourth, allowing a hit and walk while striking out four. Ramirez, who was a part of the first Cliff Lee deal, is turning into the most major league-ready prospect in that deal.

David Hale tweeted a great quote from Halladay, who commented on his early career history at Dunedin, where the Blue Jays play their Spring Training games:

“I got sent down four times in that office, the last time was to A-ball. So I’ll be glad to get out of here.”

In a little debate with Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad and Justin Evans of Red pinstripes, we discussed Domonic Brown’s early issues in the Grapefruit League, where he is 0-for-9 with six strike outs and two walks in three games. Charlie Manuel said that Brown is over swinging, therefor causing him to pull out.

It’s too early to get worried over Brown, who is 2-for-39 (stat from Scott) in winter ball and GFL play. He’s still adjusting to the new mechanics taught by Greg Gross and with Manuel most likely stepping in, I’m sure Brown will be fixed once he gets into a rhythm of doing things the right way.