The Phillies’ first full-squad workout is scheduled today, as position players check into Clearwater for required physicals.
For guys like John Mayberry, Andy Tracy, Wilson Valdez, Dewayne Wise and other invited participants of major league camp, it’s time to put on a good face. Barring injury or an unforeseen development, the Phillies’ roster is accounted for and the Phillies will head north with a bench consisting of Greg Dobbs, Ross Gload, Ben Francisco, Juan Castro and Brian Schneider, who are all signed to Major League deals. For someone like Mayberry, who is included on the 40-man roster and viewed as next on the depth chart in case something goes haywire, it’s another opportunity to make an impression. With outfielder Ben Francisco comfortably in the fold and seen as a more complete fit, Mayberry may be stating his case to rival scouts. Other invitees, like Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis, have time to develop and were invited to camp for real-life experience playing alongside stars like Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth. The rest of the group will look ahead toward a season in Triple-A.
Generally, all the intrigue this spring will come from the pitching side, including fifth starter and one opening in the bullpen, assuming Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero return health. The Phillies will also decide on Rule 5 pick David Herndon, who must stay on the 25-man roster or be offered back to the Angels.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has expressed his satisfaction with the bench. On paper, the group has improved.