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Some numerology

It's a fun game to play before every spring training. Which players on the fringe were issued low numbers?

Some numerology

Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha, a non-roster invitee, will wear No. 4 in spring training. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha, a non-roster invitee, will wear No. 4 in spring training. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

It's a fun game to play before every spring training. Which players on the fringe were issued low numbers?

OK, so a low number doesn't guarantee a roster spot, but it can sometimes be an indication of what the team thinks of a player's chances.

Then again, it might not matter. Non-roster guys like Dewayne Wise, Chris Duffy and Ryan Vogelsong had low numbers last spring. They didn't play a game for the Phillies in 2010.

But guys like Wilson Valdez and Cody Ransom had low numbers. And they were afterthoughts in the spring only to contribute later.

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So far, there aren't many low digits handed out for 2011.

Of the 12 non-roster invitees already named by the Phillies, just one was issued a low number: catcher Dane Sardinha. He'll wear the No. 4 he used during his brief time as the starting catcher in July. (Yeah, remember that time Dane Sardinha started six games in a row?)

The others:

83 -- Eddie Bonine RHP 
79 -- Ryan Feierabend LHP
62 -- Dan Meyer LHP
84 -- Juan Perez LHP
85 -- Erik Kratz C
61 -- Josh Barfield INF
86 -- Tagg Bozied 1B
65 -- Jeff Larish INF
60 -- Pete Orr INF
87 -- Matt Miller OF
63 -- Brandon Moss OF

There are still a few more non-roster players to be added to the roster. Righthander Brian Bass is one the team has yet to officially announce.

A few number additions were made for the players on the 40-man roster too:

72 -- Justin De Fratus RHP
71 -- Freddy Galvis SS
75 -- Harold Garcia INF
74 -- Cesar Hernandez INF
19 -- Michael Martinez UTIL
73 -- Carlos Rivero INF
76 -- Matt Rizzotti 1B

Also, Brian Bocock changed to No. 25 and Ross Gload goes from No. 3 to 7. (Obviously an homage to Juan Castro.)

Martinez inherits Greg Dobbs' digits. He's the Rule 5 pick the Phillies grabbed from Washington at the end of the winter meetings. Martinez is actually having a solid winter ball in the Dominican, where he is hitting .301/.341/.376 for Estrellas in 173 at-bats. He'll come to camp with a chance to earn a roster spot on the bench as a utility player.

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Single-game tickets for spring training in Clearwater go on sale Friday morning at 9 a.m. on the team's official website. There are 17 home dates (all 1:05 p.m. starts for now) and I'm guessing there are, oh, a few people who may attend.

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