Scott Elarton, Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman were assigned to Triple-A, according to Twitter reports, leaving Raul Valdes and Joe Savery among the last men standing. (US Presswire Photo)
Beerleaguer: I'd be surprised if either one survives the final cut over David Herndon. It doesn't sound from reports like a second lefty is mission critical, and a lot depends on how many relievers they take north. Michael Stutes isn't necessarily etched in stone either; Herndon outpitched Stutes in the second half of last season. Elarton's a nice spring story, but the big sinkerballer would need to be completely dialed in with his command for the Phillies to even consider him; he finished with a 9/7 K/BB. Sanches failed to differentiate himself and faces an uphill battle to climb back to the bigs - bad career move signing here. Diekman needs more time to develop his secondary stuff.
Between Valdes and Savery, Valdes holds the edge in big league experience, while Savery is already part of the 40-man roster. It's a push (and it's not all that compelling.)
Game chat: The Phillies host the Pirates at 1:05 in a game airing on The Comcast Network. It's Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Thome 1B, Nix LF, Orr SS, Schneider C, Galvis 2B. Pete Orr at short and Jim Thome at first are the two stories there. Orr could be working his way onto the Opening Day roster just as he did a season ago. Cliff Lee toes the slab. John Mayberry, who has amassed 67 plate appearances, is available off the bench. He's really scuffled, hitting just .206.