Phillies finalize Monday's opening day roster vs. Reds

Phillies finalize Monday's opening day roster vs. Reds

Just before taking off for Cincinnati, the Phillies on Sunday signed, sealed and delivered their final roster for Monday's opening day.

There are no surprises as the Phils announced who made the team prior to releasing the final roster Sunday.

One item of note -- pitcher Zach Eflin, who missed the last almost two months of the 2016 season after knee surgeries, will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list as he continues to recover and rehab from those knee surgeries. He's likely ticketed for Triple A once he's well enough to pitch again.

First pitch for Monday's opening day in Cincy is set for 3:05 p.m. (CSN/CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports app).

Here's the full breakdown of the Phillies' final opening day roster:

Starting pitchers (5)
Clay Buchholz, Jerad Eickhoff, Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez

Bullpen (7)
Joaquin Benoit, Jeanmar Gomez, Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Edubray Ramos, Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez.

Catchers (2)
Cameron Rupp and Andrew Knapp

Infielders (6)
Andres Blanco, Maikel Franco, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hern√°ndez, Tommy Joseph and Brock Stassi

Outfielders (5)
Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, Howie Kendrick, Daniel Nava and Michael Saunders

Mets promote Tim Tebow to high Class A St. Lucie

Mets promote Tim Tebow to high Class A St. Lucie

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tim Tebow is moving up and heading south -- to some very familiar territory.

Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets' high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his stellar career with the Gators.

"I'm not sure how much of an additional challenge it will be," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday in San Francisco. "Clearly it's a step up. I certainly think he can handle it."

Tebow began his first pro baseball season with Class A Columbia, drawing huge crowds at home and wherever the Fireflies went in the South Atlantic League. He entered his final Fireflies game batting .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

"I wouldn't say he has excelled there, but at the same time, what he's done there -- given all the circumstances -- justified the promotion to Port St. Lucie," Alderson said.

Phillies play wait-and-see game with Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick

Phillies play wait-and-see game with Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick

PHOENIX -- Jerad Eickhoff and Howie Kendrick both tested their achy body parts on Sunday.

Eickhoff, on the disabled list with an upper back strain, threw two 15-pitch "innings" in the bullpen and was pleased with the results.

"It felt good, no sense of pulling," he said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Eickhoff's turn in the rotation will come up Wednesday in Seattle. If he can't make the start, Mark Leiter Jr. will. Leiter pitched six shutout innings in his first big-league start on Friday night.

As for Kendrick, who is battling left hamstring tightness, he was not in the starting lineup for a fourth straight game on Sunday. He did run some sprints under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan before the game.

"He still feels it, but he's available to pinch-hit," manager Pete Mackanin said.

Is this getting close to being a situation that would require a trip to the disabled list?

"Hopefully not," Mackanin said. "Hopefully he's better tomorrow. If not, I'm hoping he can at least DH in Seattle (on Tuesday). He's one of our best hitters and I want to get him in there. But I've got to be cautious."

Kendrick already spent six weeks on the disabled list with an abdominal injury earlier this season. He's played well when healthy, hitting .355 (43 for 121) with a .414 on-base percentage in 31 games.

The Phillies need to be certain that Kendrick is healthy when they turn him loose because he could hold some trade value in the month of July and a full-blown injury would hurt that.