After a long look, the impressive prospect, who has drawn comparisons to Craig Biggio from manager Charlie Manuel, was sent to minor league camp today, along with relievers Jake Woods and Dave Borkowski.
Beerleaguer: So with Jason Donald gone, along with several others today, the field of bench contenders narrows to a handful of hopefuls, including an apparent right-handed final four featuring John Mayberry Jr., Marcus Giles, Pablo Ozuna and Miguel Cairo. The Phillies will also need to come up with a plan for outfielder Matt Stairs. At catcher, it's a head-to-head battle between Chris Coste and Ronny Paulino. In the rotation, it appears to be a two-horse race between J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park for the fifth starter, with Carlos Carrasco still in camp. Park will pitch tomorrow. In addition, relievers Gary Majewski, Mike Koplove and Rule 5 pick Bobby Mosebach, along with minor league outfielder Jason Ellison, remain with the club, but appear to be on the outside looking in for a spot on the roster.
The Phils have some tough choices to make, but it's certainly not a bad problem to have.