I know today you’re not watching baseball (unless you count the endless replays populating the social media network). The Phillies, though, are not resting. They’re shaping their roster in anticipation of whenever the season starts.
The Phillies have made a few moves, optioning OF Nick Williams, LHP Austin Davis, RHP Edgar Garcia, OF Kyle Garlick, LHP Cole Irvin and RHP Reggie McClain to Triple A.— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) March 26, 2020
The pitchers might not be much a surprise. Edgar Garcia has the stuff, but he just doesn’t seem to have the control. Reggie McClain will be with the team at some point. Davis and Irvin are lefties that have others ahead of them on the depth chart. All of this was pretty easy to decide. Sadly, Nick Williams will need another team if he wants to get the regular playing time he so badly wants.
The one surprise here is Kyle Garlick, but when looking at the situation baseball finds itself currently in, it probably shouldn’t be. Garlick stood the best chance of making the roster when it was announced that Andrew McCutchen wouldn’t start the season with the team. However, with the coronavirus causing havoc on the calendar, delaying the season at least until mid-May, McCutchen will probably be ready when the season gets underway. With his spot on the roster assured and with Jay Bruce and Roman Quinn ahead of Garlick on the depth chart, there just wasn’t enough space for him. If there is an injury at some point, you can probably bet that he’ll be one of the first phone calls back to Philadelphia.
The lineup is beginning to take shape. Now we just need a season to play.