The 2011 Phillies…

The Phils have finally announced their opening day roster…

The starting eight:

Ryan Howard – 1B

Wilson Valdez – 2B

Jimmy Rollins – SS

Placido Polanco – 3B

Raul Ibanez – LF

Shane Victorino – CF

Ben Francisco – RF

Carlos Ruiz – C

Bench:

Brian Schneider – C

Michael Martinez – INF

Pete Orr – INF

Ross Gload – OF

John Mayberry, Jr. – OF

Starting Rotation:

Roy Halladay (Ace)

Cliff Lee

Roy Oswalt

Cole Hamels

Joe Blanton

Bullpen:

Kyle Kendrick (Longman)

David Herndon

Danys Baez

Antonio Bastardo

J.C. Romero (Left-handed specialist)

Ryan Madson (8th Inning)

Jose Contreras (Closer)

Disabled List:

Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Domonic Brown

The roster is, of course, subject to change during the season, especially with Lidge and Brown expected to be back, although Brown will more then likely be spending time at Lehigh Valley to get back his stroke and Lidge might also spend some time there to work on his arm before returning to the main team. As for Utley, no real idea when he’ll be back this year, if at all, because of his bum right knee, so I would not be surprised if the Phils make a trade for a second baseman by the trade deadline in August. The Phils should, hopefully, be able to manage without both Lidge and Utley, thanks to their starting rotation, and some comeback seasons from Howard, Rollins and Ibanez, especially Rollins, as he is in a contract year.

Go Phils!!!

2 Comments

I love Castillo getting cut. I don’t get it — the guy has a chance to revive his career and start (for the time being, at least) for a championship contender and he shows up late. My lasting image of him will be his dropped pop-up walkoff he allowed to A-Rod and the Yankees a couple years ago.
http://letsplay162.mlblogs.com/

All I can say is, he obviously was not as motivated as he should’ve been.

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