Will they or won't they?
The Phillies face a Cinderella clock (of sorts) on backup shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt this weekend, as they must grant him an outright release if he is not added to the 25-man roster on Sunday.
There may be some marginal use for Betancourt, who is a fungible asset (of sorts) late in spring training.
There is a part of me that is rooting hard for the Phillies to break camp next week with a SABR-Cerberus 2.0 of Michael Young, Delmon Young, and Betancourt on the roster, because, well... just because. And I hold fast to my midsummer daydream, with the Phillies up 10 games in the National League East, when Amaro, at the dais of the SABR Convention in Philadelphia, sticks it to us nerds but good before a profanity-laced, mic-dropping exit, as a roomful of awkwardly dressed mostly white, mostly dudes whip out their smartphones and tap O...M....G.
There is another part of me that slaps the first part of me, hard!, in the mirror. Hey, you spend your weekend the way you want to, I'll spend mine the way I want to. But keep checking the site to see how this all shakes out.
Just remember three things. One: we're talking the 25th spot on the roster here. Two: on base percentage sure comes in handy. Three: sure hands are sure handy.