Opening Day is just three days away and the Phillies have kicked off the week with the obvious final cuts to camp.
Utility worker Cody Clemens, pitcher Michael Plasmer and right-handers Eric Olmen and Luis Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. All of them are on the 40-man list.
Scott Kingery, Jim Haley, Weston Wilson, and catchers John Hicks and Aramis Garcia, have all been reassigned to minor league camp. These players are not on the Phillies 40-man roster and were in camp as non-roster invitees.
Insider transactions mean that both Jake Cave and Dalton Guthrie will make the Phils’ Opening Day roster, unless they add another player who was cut by another team between now and Thursday.
Here are the 13 players in the remaining position:
• JT Realmoto Catchers and Garrett Stubbs
• Infielders Darick Hall, Bryson Stott, Trea Turner, Alec Bohm, Edmundo Sosa and Josh Harrison
• Outfielders Kyle Schwarber, Brandon Marsh, Nick Castellanos, Keef and Guthrie
An ACL tear from Rhys Hoskins at the end of the season opened a spot for Guthrie to make the team as a backup player. It also likely opened the door to more playing time for Cave as another option for starting left-handed in the field against right-handed pitching. Since Hall is required to play first base, the DH spot would be open in those positions to Schwarber or Castellanos.
The 30-year-old Cave has produced all of the Grapefruit League games this month, hitting 22-for-50 (. 440) with four doubles, three triples, three home runs and 14 RBI.
On the pitching staff, the pieces of Plassmeyer, Ortiz and Uelmen give the final nod, for now, to Andrew Vasquez, who hit 14 in 10 innings this spring. A deciding factor would have been the need for fellow lefty Matt Strahm to start the season as the Phillies’ No. 5 player due to injuries to Ranger Suarez and Andrew Paynter. Strahm stretched out to about three innings.
The five starters to start the season are Aaron Nola, Zach Wheeler, Tejuan Walker, Bailey Walther, and Strehm.
The expected eight-man bull is Ceranthone Dominguez, Jose Alvarado (LH), Gregory Soto (LH), Craig Kimbril, Andrew Pilati, Conor Brogdon, Junior Marty and Vasquez (LH).
Marte and Vasquez were both acquired from the Giants during the offseason. Marte impressed at camp with a combination of slider and fastball at 98 mph.
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