Friday, September 4, 2015

Phillies option five to minor-league camp

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies optioned five players to their minor-league complex Tuesday morning, trimming the number of players left in big-league camp to 42.

Phillies option five to minor-league camp

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies optioned five players to their minor-league complex Tuesday morning, trimming the number of players left in big-league camp to 42.

Pitchers Tyler Cloyd, B.J. Rosenberg and Mauricio Robles, center fielder Tyson Gillies and catcher Sebastian Valle were the five players sent out.

Gillies and Valle had just returned from the World Baseball Classic.

Gillies, 24, was the leadoff hitter for Canada and went hitless in 14 at-bats. Valle, 22, was the backup catcher for Mexico and went 1-for-3 in his only appearance against Canada.

Valle was in the midst of the bench-clearing brawl between Mexico and Canada Saturday and his Phillies teammate Phillippe Aumont, a member of Canada's pitching staff, tweeted this after the game: Phillies fan.. How about Valle swinging at people with his catchers mask.. #stupid.

Aumont also returned to camp after posting a 16.20 ERA in two WBC appearances.

Gillies was 1-for-9 in five Grapefruit League games and Valle was hitless in just one at-bat.

Gillies will likely open the season at triple-A Lehigh Valley. It will be interesting to see what the Phillies do with Valle because Tommy Joseph, who was sent to minor-league camp Saturday, is likely going to be the starting catcher at Lehigh Valley. It's possible Valle will open the season at double-A Reading, although the organization also likes Cameron Rupp, who is ready to move to the double-A level after strong season at high-A Clearwater last year.

Cloyd, after going a combined 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA at Reading and Lehigh Valley last season, pitched in three big-league games, but he had little chance of making the big-league club out of spring training after the Phillies signed lefthander John Lannan, who will be the No. 5 starter.

Rosenberg, who appeared in 22 games for the Phillies last season, struggled in his three Grapefruit League appearances, posting a 24.30 ERA while allowing 11 runs -- nine earned -- and 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Robles, claimed off waivers from Seattle during the offseason, pitched one scoreless inning in Grapefruit League games.

Utley moved to DH

Chase Utley was originally scheduled to play second base in Tuesday's exhibition against the Detroit Tigers, but after morning rain the team moved him to designated hitter. Kevin Frandsen, who had been scheduled to be the DH, will play second base.

The lineup:

Revere, CF

Frandsen, 2B

Utley, DH

Howard, 1B

Young, 3B

Brown, LF

Mayberry Jr., RF

Kratz, C

Betancourt, SS

Halladay, P



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