The Phillies Make Roster Moves


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The Phillies were busy this morning, moving Matt Harrison and Chad Billingsley to the 60-Day DL, while purchasing the contracts of Erik Kratz and Colton Murray, and re-calling Dalier Hinojosa. The Phillies now have Harrison, Billingsley, Pettibone, Lee, and Hollands on the 60-Day DL. Their 40 man roster is now full, with 45 on it counting the 60-Day DL.

The surprising move for me was Murray. While he’s had a very nice season, I didn’t expect him to get a call-up. Because he got what was essentially the last possible 40 man spot for this season, others without a spot are off the roster. Pastornicky, d’Arnaud, Bogusevic, and Henson would only get a call at this point if someone else was dropped from the 40 man.

Kratz and Hinojosa were expected call-ups, and both were needed. The Phillies had just two available catchers on their 40 man roster, making Kratz a necessary move. Hinojosa also was badly needed, as the bullpen has been worn out this season, and could use reinforcements.

The questions now shift from the moves made to the ones not yet made. Elvis Araujo and Maikel Franco both of course will come back from the DL at some point, but there are other inactive members of the 40 man. Nefi Ogando will probably be back next week after AAA has finished. Ken Roberts probably will get the call soon, after being picked up on waivers from Colorado. David Buchanan and Severino Gonzalez could come up, though there is no word yet. Joely Rodriguez will continue to pitch for Reading through the playoffs before a decision is made on him. Jesse Biddle’s season is over with a strained shoulder, and he could be transferred to the 60-Day DL if the Phillies wanted. Jorge Alfaro just began playing live games at the end of the GCL season, and is unlikely to get the call. There has been no word on Tommy Joseph, Jordan Danks, or Kelly Dugan. If Joseph or Danks isn’t coming up, they could be candidates to be outrighted.

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