Left-handers Eude Brito and Fabio Castro were optioned to minor league camp today, while right-hander Joe Bisenius has been told he will not make the opening day roster, but will stay on for the team's On-Deck Series against the Red Sox.
In addition, third baseman Brennan King and catcher Dusty Wathan, both non-roster invitees, were re-assigned to minor league camp. Infielder Brent Abernathy and Ron Calloway will also stay on for the On-Deck Series, but will not make the Open Day roster.
Meanwhile, catcher Jason Jaramillo has returned to major league camp. Jaramillo had previously been re-assigned to minor league camp on March 12. The moves leave the Phillies with 36 players in major league camp. The annoucement means good news for several pitchers, including Clay Condrey, who's out of options, and Matt Smith, the only remaining left-hander besides J.A. Happ. Rule 5 pick Jim Ed Warden also has new life, as does Zach Segovia, although he's making his scheduled turn today and may be optioned afterward.
Castro had been a disappointment and his demotion is no surprise. Brito missed significant time recovering from a neck injury sustained in car wreck and may need more time.
The biggest surprise is the removal of one of the bullpen's hottest hands in Bisenius, who's allowed just two runs in 10 innings, with seven strikeouts.