The Phillies have announced their Opening Day roster, which includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders:
Pitchers (starters in BOLD): Right-handers Joe Blanton, Roy Halladay, David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick, Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley, and left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Joe Savery.
Catchers: Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.
Infielders: Freddy Galvis, Pete Orr, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Jim Thome and Ty Wigginton.
Outfielders: John Mayberry Jr., Laynce Nix, Hunter Pence, Juan Pierre and Shane Victorino.
The only surprise here is probably Joe Savery. The shock is not really that he made the team after a very sold spring, but that he made it to the majors at all after a rollercoaster minor league career. Savery, a former first-round draft pick, looked like his pitching career was over before it started as his ERA ballooned to well over 4.00 in 2008 and went steadily downhill through 2010.
That offseason, Savery was converted to a hitter instead where he initially had amazing success. Then after 9 months of not tossing a pitch, Savery was promoted to AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley where they decided he should become a relief pitcher.
No one knows how it happened or why, but suddenly, Savery could pitch again. He finished 2011 in the minors with a 1.50 ERA in 25 games as a reliever. And this spring, Savery pitched well enough to earn a roster spot. The only question now is, how long will this run last once players start coming off the DL? It appears that will up to Savery. Best of luck to him!
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