Phillies’ Bench Starting to Take Shape
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reported earlier that the Phillies have released infielder Ronny Cedeno. On Twitter, Salisbury reported that Kevin Frandsen, outrighted by the Phillies on Sunday, has decided to become a free agent.
With Cedeno and Frandsen gone, that leaves Cesar Hernandez and Reid Brignac as possible bench infielders. Salisbury suggests Hernandez “appears to be a lock” to make the team. The Phillies could bring only Hernandez and hope that Jimmy Rollins stays healthy — Hernandez has only played second base and center field in the Majors and was almost exclusively a second baseman in the Minors — or they could add Reid Brignac as a utilityman. Andres Blanco will be at Triple-A as well, but the Phillies would have to make room on the 40-man roster for Brignac or Blanco, while Hernandez is already there.
The Phillies have 37 players on the 40-man roster, but Salisbury writes that the Phillies will want those spots to go to some combination of outfielders Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Bobby Abreu, and pitchers David Buchanan and Jeff Manship. They could start the season with a four-man rotation and then add a pitcher on April 13 as well.
Update: Sounds like Freddy Galvis could be back sooner than we expected, too:
Galvis back in clubhouse, smiling and happy after 4 days of bad hospital food. Says he could be playing games in 2 weeks. #Phillies
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 25, 2014