Pete Orr and Erik Kratz will soldier on as non-roster hot beverage purveyors when the Phillies open the postseason tomorrow, according to the Inquirer's Matt Gelb on Twitter. (Screen cap courtesy of TheFightins.)
With the report, the roster begins to take shape. Although the Phillies haven't made any official announcements, the Phils are expected to carry 11 pitchers, as reinforced by Gelb's recent tweet. That means a six-man bench that is likely to include Brian Schneider, Ross Gload, John Mayberry, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez. Gelb also reports the Phils have dismissed recent addition John Bowker, who hit a lusty .000/.000/.000 with seven strikeouts in 13 plate appearances. Bowker joins a list that includes Brandon Moss and Michael Schwimer as September call-ups instructed to clean out their space, pack their knives and go home. Joe Savery, Domonic Brown, Justin De Fratus have been assigned to the Florida Instructional League in order to stay fresh.
Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing Orr and Kratz, in the proud tradition of Lou Marson, Greg Golson, Mike Cervenak and Andy Tracy in 2008, wearing the hats with the flaps in the near future.