With the Phillies'
Opening Day roster already believed to be established, the team
optioned John Mayberry Jr. to Triple-A and reassigned non-roster
invitees Ozzie Chavez and Dane Sardinha, according to multiple reports.
Beerleaguer: This was thought to be an important spring for Mayberry, even though he was crowded out of any real shot at making the team. As usual, he hit the ball hard a handful of times, but he was given only 38 plate appearances to make an impression this spring compared to 68 a year ago. He made progress in cutting down his strikeouts, fanning seven times compared to 21 last spring. The impetus stemmed from a 94 strikeout season at Triple-A coming over 358 plate appearances. He has pop, but not enough to tolerate the brutally high strikeouts and the fallout against right-handed pitchers. He's prone to breaking and off-speed pitches, something the Phillies wanted him to work on this spring. But at 26, these flaws are basically ingrained. The Phillies are set with Ben Francisco as their fourth outfielder, and the fifth spot will be shared by Ross Gload and Greg Dobbs. Mayberry's skills and late-bloomer potential could excite lesser clubs, so he could be the one player Ruben Amaro will attempt to move. The Phillies may be getting anxious about their loogy situation, since Antonio Bastardo hasn't exactly distinguished himself, while J.C. Romero seems to be taking baby steps.
As for Sardinha and Chavez, obviously neither one was in the running. By my count, Wilson Valdez, Cody Ransom and Paul Hoover are the only holdovers heading down the home stretch. With Mayberry out, and Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero set to stay in Florida, the active roster is set.
Correction: DeWayne Wise. Knew I was forgetting someone.
Game chat: Joe Blanton and the Phillies take on the Pirates today at 1:05. It airs on CSN.