The first significant cut was made in Phillies camp today when the club decided to take Sergio Escalona out of the running for a spot in the bullpen.
The 25-year-old lefty, who appeared with the Phillies on and off last season, allowed five runs on eight hits over four innings this spring, also walking three. The move helps Antonio Bastardo's bid to break camp as either the first or second lefty out of the bullpen. Martin Frank of the News-Journal reports that Escalona will be sent to Double-A. The Phillies made one more cut today, optioning infielder Brian Bocock to the minors. Bocock, who was signed this offseason, holds a spot on the 40-man roster. Beerleaguer: To his credit, Escalona rose through the ranks through relative obscurity to put himself in a position to make an Opening Day roster. But the fact is his stuff is just so-so and his command is even worse. The Phillies prefer Bastardo.
Game chat: Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies return to action tonight to take on the Orioles under the lights. Placido Polanco will return to the field in a minor league game tomorrow.