Veteran right-hander Dave Bush was among the nine players optioned or reassigned to minor league camp prior to today's game.
Beerleaguer: The others: left-hander Pat Misch, right-handers Austin Hyatt, J.C. Ramirez and B.J. Rosenberg, infielder Cesar Hernandez, catcher Sabastian Valle and outfielder Tyson Gillies. Gillies got a lot of looks in the outfield and was reportedly sharp defensively, but ultimately collected only three hits in 23 plate appearances (.143/.217). Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. maintained that Gillies has a future in the Majors and has been hurt by a lack of development time. As for Bush, what can you say? There isn't much there anymore. At best, he and Pat Misch find a way to stick in the Triple-A rotation, show consistency and are called up in an emergency. Ramirez will be rededicated as a reliever, and I haven't seen how they'll use Rosenberg.
In truth, the story here is the players who made the cut, including Scott Elarton and Jake Diekman. Typically, the Phils hang on to their left-handed relievers until later in camp. They're all still around actually: Dave Purcey, Raul Valdes, Joe Savery, Jeremy Horst.
Here's today's lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Brown DH, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B. It's noteworthy since this could be the "best" available configuration.