Who Will the Phillies Call-Up? Part II


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A few days ago, I gave you my thoughts on who the Phillies will call-up in September. With some of today’s movement now in mind, I have a few more ideas. With Elvis Araujo going to the DL, the Phillies made their decision on Nefi Ogando, calling him up today. Jerome Williams is available from the bullpen for tonight apparently, while Alec Asher was scratched from his scheduled start at AAA, making it seem fairly obvious that Asher will be added to the 40 and 25 man rosters in a few days.

Obviously upon return, Maikel Franco and Araujo will join the Phillies. It’s clear to me that on Tuesday, Asher will be added to the roster as the 26th man, and I believe the Phillies will additionally call up Dalier Hinojosa as the only other reliever they have on the 40 man roster right now. With AAA now eliminated, I’m guessing Erik Kratz will be added to the 40 man and 25 man rosters on Tuesday as well. If you’re keeping count, that puts them at 40 players on the roster at that point, and 28 active players then, with two slated to come back later.

Then you get into the harder decisions. Will the Phillies 60-day DL Matt Harrison and Chad Billingsley? They can do so if they want to add more players. This decision is mostly important if you want to call up Pastornicky, d’Arnaud, Henson, or Canzler from AAA, or a reliever like Rosin or McGowan. Brian Bogusevic could fit into this discussion, but my guess is if he’s getting the call, he’s taking Jordan Danks roster spot from him. Jorge Alfaro is unlikely to go on the 60-day DL when he’s just starting to play again in the GCL, but that is also an option. There are other interesting decisions, like whether or not to call-up Severino Gonzalez and David Buchanan as well, but those decisions are entirely based on the players, and not roster spots, since they have spots now.

My guess is that the Phillies will call up three players on the first, and another two after Labor Day, then just let Franco and Araujo come back when they are ready. All-in-all, that means a roster that maxes out at 32 players when everyone is back.

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