Lehigh Valley will feature an array of veterans, but little high-ceiling talent. [Link]
(From the Morning Call): Pitchers: RHP Jason Anderson, RHP Kevin Beirne, RHP Joe Bisenius, RHP Ron Chiavacci, RHP Matt Childers, RHP John Ennis, RHP Steve Green, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP Jason Kershner, LHP Brian Mazone, RHP Kris Wilson, LHP Shane Youman. Catchers: Jason Jaramillo, Pete Laforest. Infielder: Mike Cervenak, Gookie Dawkins, Mike Garciaparra, Joey Hammond, Brennan King, Casey Smith, Andy Tracy. Outfielders: T.J. Bohn, Val Pascucci, Mike Spidale, Brandon Watson.
Beerleaguer: Basically, it’s the same list from Sunday with a few notable exceptions, like outfielder Javon Moran and right-hander Zach Segovia, who are not on the list. There are a couple new faces I’ve never heard of. Right-hander Kevin Beirne spent 2005-2006 in Japan and pitched parts of three seasons with the White Sox, Blue Jays and Dodgers. Minor league veteran Jason Kershner has a similar pedigree, spending parts of three seasons, long ago, with Toronto and San Diego. Some fans will recognize the name. From 1995-2001, he was in the Phillies’ organization. Right-hander Steve Green spent last season with Triple-A Norfolk (Baltimore) and earned one start with the Angels back in 2001.
Update: Phuture Phillies provides the latest transactions. [Link]
Fultz released by Indians: Former Phillie Aaron Fultz has pitched himself off Cleveland’s roster, despite having his 2008 $1.5 M option exercised by the club. From MLB.com – “Fultz, 34, had a rough spring, putting up an 11.88 ERA in seven Grapefruit League outings. He gave up 14 runs, 11 earned, on 16 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings... An official transaction involving Fultz had not yet been made as of Monday morning, but it's expected he'll be designated and the Indians will try to find a trading partner for him. ‘He was a guy who, prior to the injury, pitched effectively for us,’ GM Mark Shapiro said. ‘He never really got back to that form after [the injury].’”
Beerleaguer: Fultz appears to be a fit for the Phillies, who’re seeking a final arm for the pen, preferably a left-hander. Fultz held the job for two seasons with the club and held the same role with Cleveland last season, where he went 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA with a 28/18 K/BB ratio in 37 innings, holding left-handers to a .198 average. He missed all of July with a strained ribcage. GM Pat Gillick, who signed Antonio Alfonseca, Jose Mesa and J.C. Romero last season, has said more than once that he prefers a veteran bullpen.
Game chat: Jamie Moyer deals when the Phillies travel to Legends Field to take on Phil Hughes and the Yankees tonight at 7:05 p.m. Discuss it here.