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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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Phils option Schwimer, Aumont

Guessing the Phillies bull pen is always a fun game to play in the final two weeks of Spring Training. For those who had Michael Schwimer or Phillippe Aumont in their pools, you guessed wrong.

The Phillies optioned the the two relievers to minor league camp while also reassigning Jeremy Horst and David Purcey.

Aumont is considered to be one of the Phillies top pitching prospects. He four runs, two earned, in four innings of spring pitching.

But it was a bad outing this past Saturday in which he allowed three stolen bases, a wild pitch and a walk that pitching coach Rich Dubee poured ice cold water on the right-hander.

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Utley leaves camp; still having knee problems

Phillies 2B Chase Utley (right) with C Brian Schneider. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Chase Utley has left Clearwater without playing a single at-bat for the Philadelphia Phillies. This has finally created cause for concern that the 33-year-old may not even make the Opening Day roster.

The released a statement today that read:

“Chase’s rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau. He has made some strides but not enough to take the field. He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue. We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump. He wants more than anything to be on the field with his teammates and we believe that this is a step in that direction.”

The “issue” at hand isn’t being disclosed, a red flag in the Phillies’ statement.

Utley suffered patellar tendinitis last season, a chronic knee condition that is going to bother him for the rest of his career. It’s been too severe for him to handle so far this spring, and it’s a wonder if this is something that’s going to shorten his career in pinstripes.

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Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

Phillies second baseman Kevin Frandsen, left, catches a Houston Astros left fielder Carlos Lee fly ball while avoiding Freddy Galvis (13) and right fielder Tyson Gillies. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

There are less than three weeks of Spring Training left and the Phillies have started thinning out their roster.

Still a ways from 25, the Phillies have sent nine players to minor league camp, dropping their total down to 48 players left in camp.

Right-handed pitchers Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, B.J. Rosenberg and J.C. Ramirez along with lefthander Pat Misch were reassigned to minor-league camp. As far as position players, infielders Harold Garcia and Cesar Hernandez, outfielder Tyson Gillies, and catcher Sebastian Valle were optioned to minor-league camp.
Both Bush and Hyatt are set to pitch in the starting rotation with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Hyatt could potentially be the only homegrown talent in that rotation.

Top catching prospect Vaille will go to Double-A Reading.

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Phillies release 25-man roster

Michael Stutes, Delwyn Young and Luis Castillo out. David Herndon, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr in.

Stutes and Young were sent to the minors while Castillo was released earlier today. The final spot was between Young and Orr with Charle Manuel opting for speed and offense over defensive versatility.

Those were the three wrong spots I had for the Phillies 25-man roster, which was released about an hour ago.

Here is the 25-man roster and athletes put on DL courtesy of The Philly Phans.


Bullpen: Danys Baez, Antonio Bastardo, Jose Contrares, David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lidge (DL), Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero, and Brian Schlitter (DL)

Starters: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton


Catchers: Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schnieder

Infielders: Ryan Howard, Wilson Valdez, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Pete Orr, Michael Martinez, Brian Bocock (DL), and Chase Utley (DL)

Outfielders: Ben Francisco, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, John Mayberry Jr, Ross Gload, Domonic Brown (DL).

A Stab at the Postseason Roster

UPDATE: Being out of the loop due to being busy, the post season roster was finalized. Looks like I was correct.

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People love guessing games. Hell i do. The Phils have until tomorrow morning to pick their 25-man postseason roster before they do battle with the Cincinnati Reds at 5:07 PM in Philadelphia.

It’s a pretty sure thing that the Phils are going with 10 pitchers and 15 hitters. The starting eight is set and the Big Three is also a guarantee. Adding in Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge, that’s 13 guaranteed spots on the roster.

Charlie Manuel also said that J.C. Romero will be ready for the playoffs, giving him the 14th spot. Back-up catcher Brian Schneider, infielders Wilson Valdez and Mike Sweeney and outfielders Ben Francisco and Ross Gload seem to be sure bets as well, givine the Phillies 19 filled spots.

The bull pen can’t just feature Lidge, Madson, and Romero. Antonio Bastardo will give the Phils another left-hander. Joe Blanton will be a valued long-arm if one of the Big Three stumbles or if weather shortens a start. Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras have been good for the Phillies this season as well. With 10 pitching spots filled and 23 roster spots locked up, that leaves thwo hitters left to be put on the roster.

Rookie outfielder Domonic Brown and infielder Greg Dobbs have been up with the Phils for over a month now. Dobbs will be there for emergency situations and Brown will add speed to the outfield and base paths.

There you have it, my guess on the Phils 25-man post season roster.

Phils Call Up Three More

RHP Vance Worley, RHP Nate Robertson, and LHP Mike Zagurski have all been called up from Lehigh today. They join Paul Hoover, Greg Dobbs, and Scott Mathieson along with Ross Gload off the DL as the seven players so far to be added to the roster.

Worley will be making his first major league start with the Phillies this afternoon in the first of  double header against Florida. In his only other major league appearance, he struck out two in one inning of relief earlier this season.

Robertson and Zagurski will go straight to the pen. Robertson was picked up from the Marlins. He made 19 appearances, 18 starts and went 6-8 with a 5.47 ERA. Zagurski, who was up with the Phillies earlier this year, has a 3.38 ERA in five games (5.1 IP) with eight strike outs.

2010 Opening Day Roster

The Phillies currently have 27 names on their roster. Two of them, Brad Lidge, and J.C. Romero, are not going to be ready by Opening Day. Assuming the other 25 players are what the Phillies are satisfied with, this is your 2010 roster. If it was already announced then I missed it and therefor am an idiot.

C Carlos Ruiz
1B Ryan Howard
2B Chase Utley
3B Placido Polanco
SS Jimmy Rollins
LF Raul Ibanez
CF Shane Victorino
RF Jayson Werth

Starting Pitchers:
Roy Halladay
Cole Hamels
Joe Blanton
J.A. Happ
Jamie Moyer

C Brian Schneider
IF Greg Dobbs
IF Juan Castro
OF Ben Francisco
OF Ross Gload

Relief Pitchers:
Danys Baez
Antonio Bastardo
Jose Contreras
Chad Durbin
David Herndon
Kyle Kendrick
Brad Lidge *
Ryan Madson
J.C. Romero *


Myers On, Cairo Off

And the Phillies 25-man roster is set for the World Series. Brett Myers was added to the roster, taking the place of Miguel Cairo via @ToddZolecki. I guess he will be the right-handed bat off the bench option for the Phillies vs. CC Sabathia.

This leaves the Phillies with 13 hitters and 12 pitchers.

Hitters: Ruiz, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Feliz, Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Bako, Dobbs, Bruntlett, Francisco, Stairs

Pitchers: Lee, Martinez, Hamels, Blanton, Happ, Myers, Park, Durbin, Eyre, Bastardo, Madson, Lidge

Phillies NLDS Roster

Here is the 25-man roster for the Phillies versus the Rockies in the NLDS:

Starters: Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth

Bench: Paul Bako, Greg Dobbs, Miguel Cairo, Ben Francisco, Matt Stairs

Starting Rotation: Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, *Joe Blanton, *JA Happ, *Pedro Martinez
*Currently in pen. Manuel will decide who his game 3/4 starters will be

Bull Pen: Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Brett Myers, Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo

Being left off the roster were Clay Condrey, Tyler Walker, and Eric Bruntlett. Taking their place was Kendrick, Bastardo, and Cairo.

Cair played real well at the end of the season (5-13 with a homer) to earn the spot over Bruntlett. Kendrick also pitched real well when the rosters were expanded to earn himself a spot as a long reliever. The interesting choice was Bastardo though it does make sense. Eyre is the only other lefty in the pen and this gives the Phillies another option. It also allows us to believe JA Happ may get the start in game 3, especially if the Rockies can’t hit the lefties Lee and Hamels in the first two games.

As far as starting pitchers goes, Blanton, Happ, and Martinez were all placed in the pen to start the playoffs. Charlie Manuel will choose from those three guys who will be his game three and game four (if necessary) starters will be. Like I said in the previous paragraph, if Lee and Hamels shuts down the Rockies in games 1 and 2, Happ should be the likely candidate for game 3. If either or both fail, I could see Blanton and/or Martinez taking games 3 and/or 4.