By Sam Bush
The Phillies made a bunch of roster cuts in anticipation of next week’s regular season opener, when they have to get down to a 25-man roster.
They club released four non-roster invitee players — LHP Edward Paredes, LHP Jeremy Bleich, INF Trevor Plouffe and INF Gregorio Petit — and optioned three 40-man roster members to Triple-A Lehigh Valley — RHP Drew Anderson, LHP James Pazos and OF Dylan Cozens.
In addition, OF Adam Haseley (above) was sent to minor-league camp while OF Shane Robinson, OF Lane Adams, INF Phil Gosselin, INF Gift Ngoepe and C Matt McBride will be sent on Tuesday.
Cozens was among the players cut who showed the most promise this spring, slugging four home runs with a .941 OPS over 43 plate appearances.
Now, only five non-roster invitees are left standing for Opening Day roster contention: RHP Josh Martin, catchers Rob Brantly and Drew Butera, and infielders Sean Rodriguez and Andrew Romine.