The Phillies' opening-day bench is coming together after the club outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen off the 40-man roster on Sunday.
Frandsen was reassigned to Lehigh Valley, a demotion he has three days to accept or decline. If he refuses and elects to become a free agent, he'll lose the $900,000 the Phillies guaranteed him when they signed him over the winter.
Frandsen, who hit .280/.333/.389 over the past two seasons with the Phils, really strugged at the plate this spring. He went just 7 for 34 (.206) with no extra-base hits and no walks.
Now that Frandsen, Freddy Galvis (MRSA) and Darin Ruf (strained oblique) are no longer in the picture for opening day, the Phillies' bench is coming together.
After Wil Nieves and John Mayberry Jr., the remaining spots seem to be between Tony Gwynn Jr., Bobby Abreu, Reid Brignac, Ronny Cedeno and Cesar Hernandez. The Phils could carry a five- or six-man bench to start the year.
Here's a look at how they are faring so far this spring:
Gwynn: 11 for 34 (.324/.465/.500), 3 2B, 1 HR
Abreu: 9 for 35 (.257/.422/.400), 3 2B, 1 3B
Brignac: 6 for 16 (.375/.500/.563), 3 2B
Cedeno: 4 for 21 (.190/.261/.286), 2 2B
Hernandez: 8 for 31 (.258/.294/.290), 1 2B
Of the group, Hernandez offers the most versatility, which is a trait we know Ruben Amaro Jr. values.
Hernandez can play second base and center field and even played third base in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Twins. He's also appeared in five straight spring games, so the club seems to be trying to get as many looks at him as it can.