Sunday night news drop.
The Phils released their player pool for the summer camp preceding July’s return to play, which we’ll call “Spring Training 2.0.” This roster only has 53 players, but they’re allowed to have up to 60, which means there are seven vacancies they can fill moving forward.
Here’s the list of names:
Odubel Herrera’s absence is most notable, though they could still add him.
As a refresher, he was designated for assignment back in January, and apologized for the Memorial Day 2019 domestic incident in which he was arrested and charged with causing bodily injury and simple assault. His 20-year-old girlfriend, however, decided not to move forward with the case, and Herrera explained that the pair now have a “healthy relationship” and learned from the incident.
The Phillies are not in a position to further punish Herrera, who was disciplined by Major League Baseball. General Manager Matt Klentak admitted there was a “path” which would allow the outfielder to return, but put the onus on Herrera “to do everything 100% right, both on the field and off, to even have a chance.”
Otherwise, there’s nothing truly noteworthy about this roster. Spencer Howard and Alec Bohm are likely to play. Mickey Moniak and Bryston Stott aren’t in the pool.
Spring Training 2.0 begins Wednesday and will use both Citizens Bank Park and FDR Park as practice sites. The 60-game MLB season will begin on July 23rd.