Thursday, July 31, 2014
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And on the first day back, no roster moves for Phillies

The Phillies will carry three catchers for at least the first game of a weekend series at Citi Field.

And on the first day back, no roster moves for Phillies

Ben Revere after a ball hit his foot against the White Sox. It was later revealed he suffered a broken foot. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Ben Revere after a ball hit his foot against the White Sox. It was later revealed he suffered a broken foot. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

A lot can happen for the Phillies in the next two weeks.

They could continue a hot stretch they brought into the All-Star break, and continue a climb up the NL East standings and in pursuit of a wild card, too. They could also flat line with upcoming series against the tough St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers in the next week.

No matter which way they go, the roster will undoubtedly see changes one way or another before the July 31 deadline. But those changes will not come on the first day back from the All-Star break.

The Phillies will not make any roster moves on Friday, according to a team official.

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Although Ben Revere underwent foot surgery on Tuesday, the Phils did not add an outfielder for the first of three games at Citi Field this weekend. Instead, they'll carry three catchers: Carlos Ruiz, Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero.

With John Mayberry Jr. expected to be the short-term replacement for Revere in center, Kratz basically takes Mayberry's spot as a capable righthanded bat off the bench. But, there are holes, of course, elsewhere.

With Mayberry, Delmon Young and All-Star Domonic Brown expected to start, the only two other players on the roster who can play the outfield are Laynce Nix and Darin Ruf. Needless to say, the Phils no longer have the luxury of a defensive replacement for Young.

Of course, the roster you're looking at today might just be that - the roster for one day. Perhaps the Phils make a move for an outfielder before Saturday, or even before the end of the weekend.

Infield prospect Cesar Hernandez has been getting regular reps at center field this month. So, he too, is an option.

 

 

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