The Lopez move leaves the Phillies with 35 players in big-league camp.
Expect another move to come sometime this week. With Freddy Galvis, Kevin Frandsen and Yuniesky Betancourt fighting for the two utility infield spots on the roster, manager Charlie Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have some decisions to make.
Or do they?
Betancourt has an opt-out clause that he can use by Sunday if he is not going to make the 25-man roster. He also went 4 for 5 on Monday and is batting .450 (18 for 40) this spring. Galvis is the best defender of the bunch and has shown some extra pop with the bat this spring, too. Of Galvis' 15 hits this spring, nine have gone for extra bases, including two homers.
But Galvis has something neither Betancourt nor Frandsen possess ...
Options. The Phillies can send Galvis to Triple-A without the risk of losing him. It also seems that after coming off back surgery and a season in which he played just 58 games, Galvis could be better served by regular playing time. With Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young healthy and ready to play when the season opens, Galvis isn't going to get the playing time in the majors.
Galvis is on the bench for Tuesday's game against the Yankees at Bright House Field. Here's how the Phillies stack up:1.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
2.) Michael Young, 3b
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Dom Brown, lf
6.) Laynce Nix, rf
7.) Jermaine Mitchell, cf
8.) Steven Lerud, c
9.) Kyle Kendrick, p