Rays 15, Phillies 7: Several prospects sent to minors

Rays 15, Phillies 7: Several prospects sent to minors
March 9, 2013, 7:15 pm
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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Saturday was a busy day in the transaction column for the Phillies.

Eleven players moved out of the big-league clubhouse.

Here’s the breakdown:

Outfielder Joe Mather was released.

Six players who are not on the 40-man roster were reassigned to minor-league camp: Pitcher Adam Morgan, pitcher J.C. Ramirez, pitcher Kyle Simon, catcher Tommy Joseph, third baseman Cody Asche, infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez.

Four players who are on the 40-man roster were optioned to the minors: Pitcher Joe Savery, pitcher Ethan Martin, pitcher Jonathan Pettibone, outfielder Zach Collier. Savery’s option was immediate. The options of Martin, Pettibone and Collier won’t take effect until Monday.

“These guys need to go get ready for their seasons,” GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We were impressed with all of them."

Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel were both very impressed with Joseph and Asche. Joseph is considered the Phils’ catcher of the future. He will likely open the season at Triple A. Asche is the Phils’ third baseman of the future. He could open at Double A or Triple A.

“They were both more advanced than I thought they’d be,” Manuel said. “They’re advanced players.”

Asche went 2 for 4 with a double in Sunday’s 15-7 loss to Tampa Bay. He hit .357 (5 for 14) in big-league camp.

Joseph was 6 for 13 (.462) with a homer and two doubles. He threw the ball well and impressed team officials with his leadership behind the plate.

The Phillies and Rays combined for 30 hits. Ben Revere and Humberto Quintero had three hits apiece for the Phillies.

John Lannan pithed four innings and allowed four runs.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning for the Phils.

Papelbon, the Phils’ closer, had this to say about Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who on Saturday announced that he would retire at season’s end:

“Maybe when he’s done he’ll show me where that fountain of youth is in Panama and I can go find it.”

Cole Hamels is the starting pitcher Sunday in Kissimmee against the Astros. Tyler Cloyd is also expected to see action (see story).

Here is the Phils’ lineup for Sunday:

Ben Revere CF
Kevin Frandsen DH
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Michael Young 3B
Laynce Nix RF
Darin Ruf LF
Erik Kratz C
Freddy Galvis SS
Cole Hamels P

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