Monday, March 30, 2009

Giles released; Mayberry and Carrasco optioned

The Opening Day 25-man roster is starting to take shape. The Phillies released Marcus Giles today, and optioned John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Giles was hoping to resurrect his career with the Phils, but may find an opportunity with another team.

The Phillies felt giving Mayberry regular at bats in the minors, rather than a few pinch hit appearances a week, would be more beneficial to him in the long run. He joins top prospects Carrasco and catcher Lou Marson to play for the Iron Pigs, at least for the start of the season.

The team also informed infielder Pablo Ozuna, outfielder Jason Ellison and pitcher Mike Koplove they will not be on the 25-man roster at the start of the season. They will be on hand in Philadelphia for the on-deck series at the end of this week against Pat Burrell and the Tampa Bay Rays.

After trading catcher Ronny Paulino to the Giants, who was then traded to Florida, the position players are taking shape. Infielder Miguel Cairo is the only extra man with a shot at making the team, unless the Phillies pick-up an extra right handed bat as teams make cuts to finalize their rosters in this final week before the 2009 season.

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