Sunday, March 31, 2013

2013 Topps Phillies #PHI-10 Delmon Young

Blue Jays 10, Phillies 4
Spring Training Game 34 - Saturday Afternoon, March 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 16-17-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dropped their final game of the exhibition season, losing 10-4 to the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park.

What It Means:  Let's get this thing started.  The Phillies will travel to Atlanta where they'll open the regular season in a Monday night contest against the Braves.

What Went Wrong:  Kyle Kendrick allowed five runs on six hits in three innings of work.  The Blue Jays added five more runs against three different Phillies relievers.

Featured Card:  The Phils set their Opening Day 25-Man roster prior to the game with no real surprises.  Phillippe Aumont officially made the team as the team's seventh reliever, beating out Michael Stutes.  Humberto Quintero beat out Steve Lerud for the back-up catcher's role, and Quintero's time with the club could be short once Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension.  Finally, Pete Orr and Zach Miner were reassigned to minor league camp.

As suspected, Delmon Young will start the season on the disabled list.  Young had offseason ankle surgery and he has yet to play the field.  He has a card in the team-issued postcard set, as well as this Photoshopped card in the Topps Phillies retail set.  Only time will tell if Young will have more or less appearances in a Phillies uniform than Danny Tartabull.

Camp Head Count:  31 minus 6 = 25.  The last six official cuts were Ruiz, Young, Stutes, Lerud, Orr and Miner.

Happy Easter to you and your family!


Anonymous said...

Ender Inciarte doesn't count as a surprise?

Jim said...

Amaro has a history of taking Rule 5 picks and then (for better or for worse) sticking with them. Inciarte fills a late-inning defensive replacement void and he's likely the one to go if Delmon Young ever comes off the DL.

I can't imagine they keep him all year, especially since he's never played above A ball.