The Phillies roster has essentially been set for more than a week, but it wasn't made official until a few moments ago. David Herndon, a Rule 5 pick from the Angels who has never played about Double-A, and Andrew Carpenter, a 2006 second-round draft pick out of Long Beach State, are the only players to make the team who were long shots at the start of spring training. Both righthanders will pitch out of the bullpen.
Herndon allowed two runs on 10 hits in 12.2 innings this spring, impressing the coaching staff with his heavy sinker. He was a groundball machine in his appearances, and the Phillies are hopeful he will continue that performance. With lefty set-up man J.C. Romero and righty closer Brad Lidge on the disabled list for at least the first week of the season, and with Kyle Kendrick moving to the rotation to replace the injured Joe Blanton, Herndon has a good chance to see some action.
Carpenter, who has started 77 of the 82 games in his minor league career, will serve as the team's long man, a role Kendrick was expected to fill after losing out on a starting job to veteran lefty Jamie Moyer. The soon-to-be 25-year-old had a strong spring in big league camp, striking out nine and walking one while allowing one run on six hits in 10 innings.
Carpenter has spent three brief stints with the Phillies over the past two years. He picked up his first and only major league victory on May 16, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings of a rain-shortened against the Nationals. Carpenter, who appeared once in relief in 2008, was sent back down after the game. He returned in late-July to fill a brief hole in the bullpen and appeared in two games, allowing two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings.
Bastardo has the potential to pitch himself into a significant role in the bullpen, although this will be his first season as a full-time reliever. The 24-year-old lefty, who features a mid-90's fastball and an improving slider, struck out 19 and walked three in 10.2 innings this spring. He also allowed six earned runs and 11 hits, but the Phillies do not seem too concerned. Against the Pirates on Saturday, Bastardo put two men on base, then struck out the next three batters he faced to close out his inning of work.