Fun with roster cuts: OF Peter Bergeron, RHP Clay Condrey, OF/1B Shawn Garrett, RHP Travis Minix, RHP Ryan Cameron, RHP Brian Sanches, INF Bobby Scales and INF Joe Thurston, all non-roster invitees, were assigned to minor league camp before today’s game.
Shawn Garrett and Joe Thurston were the only players from this list that were given much of an opportunity to become that 25th man off the bench. Switch-hitting outfielder/first baseman Garrett met the profile most for what the Phillies were looking for, but that was all.
Pitchers Travis Minix and Brian Sanches, who both pitched well last season in relief for Triple-A Scranton, will give it another go in 2006. I like Minix's numbers and hope he can keep up the strong work.
What this roster cut means is the internal race for the 25th spot is between Chris Coste, Chris Roberson and Tomas Perez. It has been reported the Phillies are scouting other options outside the organization, including oufielder Dustan Mohr with Boston and outfielder Damon Hollins with Tampa Bay. Both are right-handed hitters.
As for the bullpen, Tom Gordon, Arthur Rhodes, Aaron Fultz, Rheal Cormier and Julio Santana are considered locks. Geoff Geary pitched two innings of shutout relief again today, lowering his spring ERA to 1.80. He’s close to being a lock.
The final spot will likely be reserved for a long reliever, which could go to Ricardo Rodriguez or Robinson Tejeda, as reported today in Todd Zolecki's Philadelphia Inquirer podcast.