The Phillies on Friday released veteran catcher Lou Marson, who had been in camp on a minor-league deal.
Marson, who was originally drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round in 2004 and sent to the Indians in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade, was invited to spring training to provide the Phils organizational depth behind the plate. But the Phils have their catching set with starter Carlos Ruiz, backup Wil Nieves and prospects Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp. Joseph and Rupp will need reps this season at the highest levels of the minors, which made Marson expendable.
The team also optioned Joseph, left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst and outfielders Tyson Gillies and Zach Collier to the minor leagues.
In addition, the Phillies re-assigned left-hander Cesar Jimenez, fireballer Ken Giles and infielder Andres Blanco to minor-league camp.
Catcher Sebastian Valle, who had previously been re-assigned to minor-league camp, is now back in big-league camp. Valle is not on the Phillies' 40-man roster.
Below is today's lineup against the Pirates in Bradenton. Jimmy Rollins returns after a three-game benching (see story).
1) Tony Gwynn, Jr., CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Carlos Ruiz, C
5) Ryan Howard, 1B
6) Darin Ruf, LF
7) Domonic Brown, DH
8) John Mayberry, RF
9) Cody Asche, 3B
On the mound is non-roster invitee and fifth-starter candidate Jeff Manship, who has allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings this spring.