The Phillies have announced their Opening Day roster:
Right-handers A.J. Burnett, Justin De Fratus, Roberto Hernandez, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Manship, Jonathan Papelbon and B.J. Rosenberg and left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, Mario Hollands and Cliff Lee.
Obviously quite a bit has changed since the beginning of Spring Training. Some players suffered injuries, and others who were once considered locks (Kevin Frandsen) are now on other teams.
As far as the players who made it, the two biggest surprises are Manship and Hollands, both of whom were non-roster invitees to camp.
Manship is a five-year veteran who has pitched in Colorado and Minnesota, but failed to impress at either location. He had a strong Spring Training, and the Phillies are hoping that at age 29, he is a late bloomer. It isn’t clear if he’ll start out immediately as the team’s fifth starter, or if they’ll take advantage of off days in the schedule to use a four-man rotation for a couple of weeks. In the latter case, Manship will likely serve as the team’s long reliever.
The left-handed Hollands has been in the Phillies organization since 2010, but was not considered a top prospect. He impressed the team by giving up only four runs in 11.2 Spring Training innings to go along with ten strikeouts.
Obviously things will change as the season goes on. Assuming Cole Hamels remains on schedule, he will need to be added to the roster at the end of the month. It is also possible that Jonathan Pettibone may return before then, and the team may feel more comfortable using him as the fifth starter.
But for now, this appears to be the team that will take the field Monday in Arlington.
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