- Optioned: RHPs Mike Stutes (recovery from shoulder injuries) & Luis Garcia
- Non-roster invitees: OF Leandro Castro & C Sebastian Valle
- 40-Man Roster: OFs Aaron Alther & Kelly Dugan
- Potential DL Stints: Cole Hamels (tendinitis) & Mike Adams (surgery) due to shoulder injuries
These cuts, injuries, and development notes leave the Phillies with 48 in spring training (33 from the 40-man & 15 invitees) competing for 25 active spots although there are only about 7 spots open for the taking (1 starting pitcher for 4/13, 2-4 bullpen, & 2-3 bench). Fourteen are locks to make the 25-man and another 14 or so are competing for those ~7 spots. Should be an interesting three weeks.
Things are not off to a great start as far as Spring Training records go - only 1-2 wins in 6-8 games played. Now, a loosing record in ST is not always a bad omen for the regular season, but this team can ill-afford many bad signs given their age.
Right now, let's take the wait-and-see approach: perhaps things will be much brighter toward the end of March. But, I have a feeling my off-season predictions will be revised for worse come late March.
Have a great week everyone and Go Phillies!!!