MIAMI — A couple of quick notes before the Phillies play the Miami Marlins on Friday night …
Before batting practice, Phils' manager Charlie Manuel said of Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton: "He's the guy in that lineup that we don't want to beat us."
Stanton, who had 37 home runs and 86 RBIs last season, won't beat the Phillies on Friday night. He was a late scratch from the lineup because of a sore shoulder. Austin Kearns was added to the Marlins' lineup in right field.
Speaking of rightfielders, Delmon Young continues to make progress in his recovery from offseason ankle surgery. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. peeked in on Young in an extended spring-training game in Clearwater on Thursday. Young played another game on Friday.
Amaro said Young's running was improving and the outfielder would likely start an official 20-day minor-league rehab assignment some time next week. Amaro would not put a timetable on Young's being ready to join the big club, but previous estimates have targeted late April to May 1.
Amaro said Young was swinging the bat well. Defense remains the concern with Young. Phillies official will watch his defense closely during his minor-league rehab stint. The plan is for him to become the team's rightfielder when he's ready to be activated.
"He'll be a great addition to our offense, but he won't come until he can play right field," Amaro said.
The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club.
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story).
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million.
The Phillies' roster is full at 40.
Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.
The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.
Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.
Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers.
Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.