Mixed Bag of “Stuff”
Non-roster players usually are assigned high uniform numbers and usually dress at the far end of the Bright House Network Field clubhouse. Some are young prospects, some are veterans signed for AAA but invited to camp.
Phillies, so far, have invited eight such players to spring training in February: RHP Scott Elarton, INF Kevin Fransden, C Tuffy Gosewisch, LHP Pat Misch, INF Pete Orr, OF Scott Podsednik, RHP Brian Sanches and LHP Raul Valdes. Tuffy is the lone player without big league experience.
All probably will open the season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs but all could possibly end up in the bigs with the Phillies.
Here’s a capsule of non-roster players who did just that:
RHP Clay Condrey
RHP Brian Sanches
C Chris Coste
RHP John Ennis
LHP J. A. Happ
C Lou Marson
LHP Matt Smith
INF Michael Cervenak
LHP Antonio Bastardo
C Paul Hoover
INF Miguel Cairo
C Dane Sardinah
INF Cody Ransom
INF Wilson Valdez
1B Andy Tracy
Of that group, the most impact has come from Valdez. He was a savior last season filling in at second, short and third when there were injuries.
Rumors having OF Laynce Nix signing with the Phillies, giving them a left-handed bat for the field and the bench. It will mark the first time in the last three spring trainings that Nix will be on a major league roster. Last year, he was non-roster in DC and the two previous springs, the same with the Reds.
Nix, Thome and Wigginton will give the Phillies some pop off the bench. Nix and Wigginton add some versatility in that they can play multiple positions.
Happy birthday to Larry Bowa, 66; Steve Bedrosian, 54 and Jose Contreras, 40 . . . Rule 5 draft is Thursday morning. Phillies have one roster spot open . . . Charlie Manuel and Vance Worley will be at Citizens Bank Park this Saturday evening for the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Third Base Gate. Majestic Clubhouse store is a great place to do your holiday shopping. Matter of fact, I need to get there soon.
Interesting stuff coming out of Dallas. Stay tuned to Phillies.com for the latest news and gossip. Todd Zolecki is on top of everything.