Marcus Giles’ comeback attempt reaches the end of the line, along with John Mayberry and Carlos Carrasco’s bid to make the Opening Day roster. Both were optioned down. Giles was outright released.
In addition, righthander Mike Koplove, outfielder Jason Ellison and utilityman Pablo Ozuna have been told they will not make the team, but will stay on for the remaining exhibition schedule, according to Phillies.com. For those keeping score, that leaves infielder Miguel Cairo and righthanders Bobby Mosebach and Gary Majewski as the biggest variables, with the Phillies still seeking possible trade partners for Geoff Jenkins or Matt Stairs. The Phillies will not need the services of a fifth starter until April 20, Phillies.com reminds readers, which buys the Phillies some time.
Beerleaguer: None of this should come as a shock if you've been reading between the lines, especially as it concerns March darling Mayberry Jr., who sure looked awkward yesterday in a televised game. Nevertheless, the experience he and Carrasco gained this spring is priceless. Their time will eventually come, and I think Mayberry will eventually receive gainful employment in a corner platoon. Barring a last-minute trade, Cairo is a near lock to come north. It’s also no great shock to see an outright release of Giles, who is verifiably cooked.