Wow! The Phillies did some major house cleaning in the last few days. Here are the highlights:
The Phillies name Brett Myers opening day starter
Charlie Manuel confirmed this on Tuesday. Hamels is scheduled to pitch in Colorado, April 10. Here’s the rest of the Phillies’ week one probables:
April 5 vs. Braves: Myers
April 7 vs. Braves: Jamie Moyer
April 8 vs. Braves: Joe Blanton
April 10 at Colorado: Cole Hamels
April 11 at Colorado: Myers
April 12 at Colorado: Chan Ho Park
The Phillies announce that Chan Ho Park will be the fifth starter
All the time we’ve spent profiling the starters and discussing the options has boiled down to this… Chan Ho Park will be the fifth starter and J.A. Happ will start in the ‘pen. David Murphy, of the Philadelphia Daily News, describes it best, ” [Park] simply did not give the reason for the Phillies to not give him the fifth spot in the rotation.”
The Phillies release Geoff Jenkins
One thing that’s been lost in this plethora of news is the class that Geoff Jenkins handled his release with. “I knew that there was a lot of lefthanded hitters, so I knew someone was going to be the odd man out at some point,” Jenkins told the assembled media. “I don’t regret anything, one minute that I was here.”
The Phillies reportedly have interest in Gary Sheffield
Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the team had spoken with Gary Sheffield’s agent. Sheffield, 40, was released by the Tigers Tuesday. David Murphy, spoke with Sheffield’s agent, Rufus Williams, who expressed some concerns.
Murphy reports on some of William’s concerns, “[Sheffield] wouldn’t have the luxury of serving as a designated hitter, he would have to pinch-hit, which he has only done 34 times in his career, and his chance for playing time would seem to be less than with other teams that may have interest.”
However, the Phillies are presumably one of three teams with a strong interest in Sheffield. He will clear waivers tomorrow so watch for his name. I would call the move to sign Sheffield unlikely.
The Phillies sign Manny Ayala
Once again, David Murphy has the report: “The Phillies have acquired minor league righthander Manny Ayala from the Padres for a player to be named later. Ayala, 24, went 6-4 with a 5.23 ERA for Double A- San Antonio last season and 1-0 wtih a 2.25 ERA in two appearances at Triple A Portland.”
He’ll be spending a lot of time in the minors this year for the Phillies too. Don’t expect to see him with the big club anytime soon.
Bobby Mosebach back to Angels
Despite an attempt by the Phillies to keep him, Bobby Mosebach is heading back west. Mosebach did not mpress this spring, statistically, going 0-0 with a 9.39 ERA in 7.2 innings in the Grapefruit League, but the Phillies liked his arm.
Three Candidates for two bullpen spots
And they are… J.A. Happ, Jack Taschner, and Gary Majewski. I’d certainly count Happ in, but the other spot is split in my mind. First, understand that the Phillies run no risk of losing Majewski if he starts in Triple A– he is signed to a minor league contract. Taschner, who just came over in a trade with the Giants, is the other option. No one has gotten a chance to see much of him yet, but the Phillies could run the risk of losing him if he doesn’t make the big league roster. It will be interesting to find out who makes the final cut, when the team returns home Thursday.
– Marcus Giles has been released.
– John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Carrasco have been optioned to Minor League camp.
– Mike Koplove, Jason Ellison and Pablo Ozuna have been told they will not be making the 25-man roster, but will accompany the team to Philadelphia for the On Deck Series on Friday and Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.