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Phillies Finalize Opening Day Roster

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When the Phillies signed Dontrelle Willis in the offseason, they had hopes he could be their left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. When Willis didn’t cut it, it opened a door that Joe Savery walked through.

Savery was one of the 12 pitchers to make the Phillies roster for the start of tomorrow’s season in Pittsburgh, along with two catchers, six infielders, and five outfielders.

The pitchers for this year’s Phillies team will begin as right-handers Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley, and left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Savery.

The catchers handling one of the best pitching staffs in baseball are Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.

The infielders are Freddy Galvis, Pete Orr, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton, with Chase Utley starting the season on the disabled list along with Ryan Howard and Michael Martinez.

The outfielders are John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix, Hunter Pence, Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino.

The team also sent  infielder Hector Luna, outfielder Scott Podsednik and left-hander Raul Valdes  to the minor leagues.

Pitchers Jose Contreras and Justin De Fratus will also begin the year on the disabled list.

The Phillies will begin their season Thursday in Pittsburgh at 1:35pm. The game can be heard on 94WIP and 1210 WPHT.

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  • Tony P

    Wigginton can play 3 infield positions 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Nix can play the outfield and 1st,that is why they are there.I know they had a bad spring.I under stan that.But if they start to hit.they both have some pop with the their paying them a lot more then other signings.So i guess they are hoping they will start to hit.So do we all !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chuck

    What is wrong with Phillies Management Wiggington and Nix batting under 200 in spring training, Both are fat and slow. I think Podsednik and Luna have played harder and looked better. When you need hitters you don’t need less then .200 hitters. It’s not like there great fielders either.

    • owen

      Yup! Bosses thinking of money instead of performance. The bats of Utley and Howard will be tough to replace so Nix is an especially weak outfield choice considering the Spring stats Podsednik and Montanez had. Thome, Mayberry and Luna can all play first so Wiggington is expendable. Maybe Wiggington and Nix could agree to go down, turn it around at AAA and be ready to come back up in case something happens.

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