Monday, March 16, 2009

No surprises amongst Phillies first cuts

The Phillies made 12 cuts today as they begin the paring down of the roster for Opening Day. All of the following players were basically sent down to the minor league camp:

Pitchers Antonio Bastardo, Drew Carpenter, Sergio Escalona, Drew Naylor, Blaine Neal and Scott Nestor, Catchers Tuffy Gosewisch and Paul Hoover, Infielders Mike Cervenak, J.J. Furmaniak, Andy Tracy and Jorge Velandia.

A few names are familiar (Cervenak, Tracy), others are not, but none of these players were in competition for a major role on the team so none of them came as a surprise. They will still be a part of the Phillies organization and aren't exposed to other teams. The cutting of four infielders really speaks to the depth of utility players the Phils have in camp this year.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Looking forward to seeing Cervenak and Tracy back in AAA. They are both fan favorites in Lehigh Valley.