Camp number reduced
Players were beginning to file in the clubhouse as early as 7:30 a.m. today. For some, it wasn’t going to be a good day.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee (pitchers) and bench coach Jimy Williams (position players) sought out 13 players individually. “Charlie (Manuel) wants to see you” was the message.
As each walked into the manager’s office, Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro and Mike Arbuckle were also there. The message: you were being sent to the minor league complex next door at Carpenter Field. For a list of the names, read Ken Mandel’s story on this site.
After the game, RHP Yoel Hernandez received the same message, reducing the number of players in camp to 46.
Tomorrow, many of the key players and a lot of staff will be in Philly for the memorial mass for John Vukovich. There’s no crying in baseball, except tomorrow.