Players like Josh Barfield and Michael Martinez will be given their assignments when camp breaks on Tuesday.
Jim Salisbury breaks down the battle being waged on the Phillies bench: "Even with Castillo in camp, the Phils continue to hold tryouts for the final spot on the bench. Josh Barfield, hitting .302, started in centerfield and went hitless Wednesday. Pete Orr was the designated hitter. He legged out a triple. Delwyn Young saw time in leftfield and had a single in his only at-bat. Another candidate, Michael Martinez, continued to impress. He started at third base, made a nice play on a line drive and added two hits. Phillies officials seem to like his defense and versatility. The question is: Will they carry a player without big-league experience?"
Martinez, 28, split last season between Harrisburg (AA) and Syracuse (AAA), hitting .272/.312/.408 with 11 homers and 23 stolen bases. In five minor league seasons, he owns a .683 OPS. In the field, he's seen the most time at second.
Beerleaguer: Only six games to go and there are several loose ends. My concern with Martinez is that the Phillies will fall in love based on a couple of weeks in spring training and wander down the Rule 5 rabbit hole, wherein they protect a marginal talent for weeks and months, and before you know it, they're in to him for a season. They did this with David Herndon, and although it didn't necessarily hurt them, what did it get them? He's not in the picture, it seems.
Speaking of the bullpen, can anyone explain why prevailing wisdom has Antonio Bastardo coming north while Mike Zagurski goes back to Triple-A? Zagurski has struck out 11 in eight innings. And how about Kyle Kendrick? There's a lot of logic in keeping Kendrick stretched out as a starter in Lehigh Valley, especially when you watch Roy Oswalt take one off the noggin.
Last point: Keep your eyes peeled for a last-minute trade. The Phils can definitely leverage some of their redundancy in the rotation and 'pen to shore up areas like outfield depth.
Today: Cole Hamels and the Phillies host the Twins. Luis Castillo is expected to start. Hamels is trying to finish the spring as strong as he started after stumbling his last few starts.