Monday, March 30, 2015

Phillies look for more offense from bench

The Phillies stressed defense in the formation of their bench at the end of spring training, and that is why they discarded Kevin Frandsen.

Phillies look for more offense from bench

Phillies´ Cesar Hernandez  ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Phillies' Cesar Hernandez ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

The Phillies stressed defense in the formation of their bench at the end of spring training, and that is why they discarded Kevin Frandsen. But they exchanged Reid Brignac and Cesar Hernandez for Freddy Galvis and Jayson Nix in recent days, moves designed to add more offense to a lackluster unit.

"We didn't feel comfortable with the mix," Amaro said. "We'll make changes to try to make it better."

Frandsen bashed a game-winning homer Monday for Washington. He has a .700 OPS in extended time for the Nationals. The league average is .704. Amaro does not lament the loss of Frandsen.

"Not at all," Amaro said. "No."

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Galvis fractured his left collarbone in his second game at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Amaro said doctors will perform surgery and insert a plate into Galvis' shoulder. The infielder will miss months.

"It's going to be a while," Amaro said.


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