SARASOTA, Fla. The Phillies pared down the roster a bit before heading south to Ed Smith Stadium and Tuesday afternoons exhibition game against the Orioles.
Four Phillies pitchers were sent to minor league camp. Right-handers Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer were optioned while lefties David Purcey and Jeremy Horst were re-assigned.
Aumont, acquired in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle, had an outside shot to make the big league club, but likely will benefit from starting the season at Triple-A.
There are 41 players remaining in big-league camp, but that includes at least three players -- Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Justin De Fratus -- who haven't played a game this spring. Howard and Utley most likely will open the season on the disabled list.
Brown feeling better
Out of the lineup since straining his neck on March 14, outfielder Dom Brown says hes ready to return after a successful batting practice session on Monday.
In seven games this spring, Brown is 6 for 20 with a homer, a pair of triples and two RBIs. He has struck out just once in his seven games.
Its getting closer to the end of spring training so the Phillies have a lot of familiar names in the pitching ledger for the next week. Heres who will see action through next Tuesday:
Thursday (vs. Blue Jays at Dunedin)
Friday (vs. Yankees in Clearwater)
Saturday (vs. Red Sox at Ft. Myers)
Sunday (vs. Orioles in Clearwater)
Sunday (vs. Tigers in Lakeland)
Monday (vs. Red Sox in Clearwater)
Tuesday (vs. Pirates in Clearwater)
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