Sunday, March 9, 2008

First Phillie Cuts and an Injury Update

The Phillies made their first cuts today, taking 14 players out of the major league camp. They sent pitchers Joe Bisenius, J.A. Happ and Scott Mathieson along with shortstop Brad Harman to the minor league camp. Mike Cervenak, Ron Chiavacci, Jason Donald, Tuffy Gosewisch, Lou Marson, Brian Mazone, Valentino Pascucci, Joe Savery, Zach Segovia and Andy Tracy were all reassigned.

None of those cuts comes as much of a surprise as none were projected to be on the Opening Day roster. Scott Mathieson is the only player listed here who might make an impact later in the season, but he needs to get healthy following his Tommy John surgery. Mathieson should be in the bullpen mix by midseason. Joe Savery is the Phillies number one pick from last years draft who had one terrible spring training outing followed by a good one. He will likely start the season in Single A, and won't be in the majors for a few years. Most of the rest of these guys are non-prospects or guys who have been to the majors and shown they can't cut it, like Happ and Segovia. One interesting player that wasn't cut was Josh Outman. He must have done enough to stick around for a few more days, but there is no chance he makes the club this year.

*Injury Updates
Adam Eaton will miss his next start with a back injury. He will be able to pitch again next weekend. No word yet on whether he will actually pitch well.

Kris Benson pitched yesterday in a minor league game, and looked strong, hitting 88 mph with his fastball. He believes he can be ready by opening day if the Phillies need him. With the 5th starter options all looking awful, they might be forced to call on Benson soon.

There haven't been any updates indicating when Brad Lidge will be able to pitch again. He's still hoping to be ready about a week into the season.

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