The Phillies released infielder Yuniesky Betancourt after Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Red Sox in Clearwater, according to reports. Betancourt hit .447 this spring in 47 at-bats but has a nearly 4,000-plate appearance track record of futility at the major-league level.
Sunay was Betancourt's opt-out date. Reports indicate that teams like the Cardinals, Yankees and Giants could be interested, so he chose to pursue other opportunities rather than play in Triple-A.
Betancourt's release means Freddy Galvis most likely will make the team. Galvis had a strong spring both at the plate and in the field and should see plenty of playing time as the Phils' main utility infielder.
Chase Utley went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs. To show how quickly spring numbers can change, Utley in the last two games has raised his batting average to .291 and OBP to .400.
Ryan Howard also homered. It was Howard's seventh homer, tying him with Domonic Brown for the spring training lead.
-By Corey Seidman