Philadelphia Phillies Announce 25-Man Opening Day Roster

By Cody Swartz

The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced their 25-man Opening Day roster. Joe Savery, the team’s first round draft pick back in 2007, has won the final left-handed spot in the bullpen, as the starter-turned-hitter-turned-reliever has outperformed a handful of candidates in spring training to become the team’s second lefty reliever behind Antonio Bastardo.

With Ryan Howard and Chase Utley starting the season on the disabled list, the infield will consist of Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome, Pete Orr, Freddy Galvis, Jimmy Rollins, and Placido Polanco. Galvis will start at second base for Utley and Wigginton will likely start at first base for Howard.

In the outfield, the team will have John Mayberry, Jr., Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Laynce Nix, and Juan Pierre. Pierre was signed to a minor-league contract in the offseason and performed well enough in spring training to warrant a spot. Former top prospect Domonic Brown will spend the start of the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The catchers will be Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider, and the starting rotation will consist of the expected five pitchers: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Vance Worley, and Joe Blanton. The bullpen will be Jonathan Papelbon, Bastardo, Michael Stutes, Chad Qualls, Savery, Kyle Kendrick, and David Herndon.

Outfielder Scott Podsednik and reliever Raul Valdes were assigned to the minor leagues. Jose Contreras and Michael Martinez will be joining Howard and Utley on the disabled list. Stutes was expected to begin on the DL, but he threw in high-A Clearwater and felt well enough to join the team on the active roster.

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