The Phillies optioned OF Josh Kroeger and C Carlos Ruiz to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
This is significant because the Phillies are starting to trim away players that had outside shots at making the club. Kroeger, still a young 23, will continue his development in Scranton.
Talk to me a month and a half ago, when I was watching Ruiz catch in the Dominican, and I would have said Chooch should be the Phillies backup catcher, not Sal Fasano. Team officials said he had an opportunity to step into the backup spot, even though the club signed Fasano to a major league contract in November.
Instead, Ruiz arrived four-days late for pitchers and catchers and left a few days later to participate in the World Baseball Classic, which probably hurt his chances even more. Optioning him down at this stage was not a surprise. He was never in the mix.
Meanwhile, Fasano was one of the earliest arrivals and has been endearing the club with grizzled catcher speak ever since. "Throw the ball through me."
The Phillies may like Fasano because of his good moral fiber and goofy demeanor, but the fact that the Phillies continue to roll out veteran catchers who can’t play while sitting on young talent still bothers me tremendously.
Thus, No. 22 on my list of the most important Phillies has come to fruition: Sal Fasano.