Down to 50
Seven players departed the big league camp before Monday’s game, LHP Jesse Biddle, RHP Ethan Martin, LHP Adam Morgan, OF Aaron Altherr were optioned to Carpenter Complex. Non-roster players, RHP Sean O’Sullivan and C John Hester, were reassigned to Carpenter. One was released, OF Xavier Paul. After the game, RHPs Mike Nesseth and Seth Rosin were reassigned to Carpenter. And, Cliff Lee was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
That leaves 50 players still in camp, including 15 non-roster invitees. Breakdown: 24 pitchers, 5 catchers, 12 infielders and 9 outfielders. 25-man opening day roster is due Sunday afternoon, April 5.
Major League Baseball Security met with the minor league camp at 7:45 this morning and then the big leaguers at 8:30.
Wednesday is a day off. Thursday is a 7:05 p.m. game against the Yankees in Tampa, ESPN TV. Phillies radio with Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen. And, as always audio and TV can be found on MLB.com.
Carpenter Complex will feature two Class A games on Wednesday afternoon (1 o’clock) against the Pirates. Camp day on Thursday, meaning just a workout.
When OF Brian Bogusevic hit two home runs Saturday in Lakeland, he became the first Phillies player to hit a pair in spring training since Chase Utley, March 23, 2013, against the Orioles in Sarasota.
March 17, 1915: Phillies beat the Havana Reds, 4-1, in an exhibition game in St. Petersburg, FL. Havana’s roster consisted of stars from the Cuban League. In seven games against the Reds, the Phillies won six and tied once.
Spring Training Phun Fact
Chris Wheeler is in his 44th year of being the Phillies public address announcer in spring training. He was an emergency fill-in when the PA announcer didn’t show way back in 1972 at Jack Russell Stadium. Wheels hasn’t missed a spring since.
Spring Training Memories
Rheal Cormier (LHP, 2001-2006)
“My first minor league camp was in 1989 with the Cardinals in St Petersburg. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn on 4th Street. My roommate was Bob Tewksbury. I didn’t know anybody in camp but Mike Fiore. He was on Team USA in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, while I was on Team Canada. I remember none of the Class A managers wanted me but Dave Bialis, St. Petersburg manager, took a chance on me. I enjoyed spring training and getting reacquainted with friends from the previous season, a chance to move up the ladder and leave the cold winters in New Brunswick, Canada. I felt spring training was too long. Plus, it was kind of a disappointment seeking some guys out of shape. I never took anything for granted my whole career and always focused on being in the best shape possible every year.”
When the Bright House Field gates are opened at 10:30 a.m., fans can find the starting lineups posted behind home plate.