Cutting Down the Roster

With the season starting on Sunday, the Phillies continue to cut down their roster.

The latest cuts:
  • Brian Giles was released

  • John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Carrasco were optioned to minor league camp.

  • Mike Koplove, Jason Ellison, and Pablo Ozuna remain on the roster, but have been told they did not make the 25-man roster. They will play in the "On Deck Series" exhibition games this weekend.

Miguel Cairo is the only right handed bat left on the bench. Bobby Mosebach and Gary Majweski continue to contend for a bullpen spot, however the addition of Jack Tashner will make it tougher for them.

With the addition of the lefty, this could opens gates for J.A Happ who had a 3.15 ERA this spring. I'm guessing Chan Ho Park, who had a 2.53 ERA this spring, will move to the bullpen since the Phillies now have at least two lefties in the bullpen.

I'm surprised the Phillies haven't traded Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs yet. However, I'm prediction one of these guys will be traded sometime within the next week.


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