The Phils have reassigned catchers Dane Sardinha and Tuffy Gosewisch, along with Josh Barfield to their Minor League Camp on Sunday. This leaves Luis Castillo, Michael Martinez, Delwyn Young, and Pete Orr competing for two open roster spots as the Spring Training schedule enters it final days. Barfield, 28, impressed with his bat in Spring Training, but it appears the Phils were looking for a more dependable glove at 2B. Barfield should open as the Lehigh Valley 2B, however, he does have an out clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the organization if he is not on a major league roster by June 1.
A couple of other notes of potential interest: Joe Savery had another two hit day, including a homer in the AA game yesterday.
Brody Colvin had a rough go of it yesterday as he was not able to find the strike zone, walking six in his four innings of work. Colvin had run several deep counts and was hit relatively hard in his prior start as well.
The Phils 7th Round pick last season, David Buchanan gave up just a run in 4.1 innings in the Low A game. Both Zach Collier and Matt Payton had two hits.
There had been some talk of Scott Mathieson’s discontent on getting sent down on Saturday. As a 27 year old, Mathieson may be getting a bit impatient to get a legitimate shot in the bigs with the Phils. While his Spring numbers looked good, the Phils brass have said that they want to see his command improve. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in a trade over the next couple of weeks, opening up a spot on the 40.