As over a foot of snow fell on Philadelphia, Phillies pitchers reported Thursday morning to their first day of big-league camp. And already, we have a cut.
Veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, signed to a minor-league deal, was released Thursday after failing a physical, according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury.
Gaudin, 30, was expected to play a multitude of roles for the Phillies: spot starter, long-relief man, middle relief. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. expressed some disappointment over the way this played out, and told reporters that Gaudin's replacement could come from an in-house group including Ethan Martin and B.J. Rosenberg.
With Gaudin off the roster, a bullpen spot opens. Assuming Cole Hamels and Mike Adams open the season on the 15-day DL and Roberto Hernandez and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez begin in the rotation, the Phils' pen has only three apparent locks in Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman.
Rule 5 pick Kevin Munson figures to make the roster, leaving three spots for Martin, Rosenberg, Brad Lincoln, Justin De Fratus, Jonathan Pettibone, Joe Savery, Phillippe Aumont, Ken Giles, Jeremy Horst, Shawn Camp, Sean O'Sullivan, Jeff Manship, Cesar Jimenez and Michael Stutes.