By Sam Bush
September 1 in major league is traditionally the time when rosters expand and minor leaguers get their cups of coffee in the majors.
And some stay for lunch and dinner.
The Phillies are expected to add three players: Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Erik Kratz (above) and right-handers Dalier Hinojosa and Colton Murray.
“I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of moves made, because the guys that are here are the ones that need to continue to play and progress,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said on Monday afternoon at Citi Field. “I think most likely the moves will be pitching-related to protect some of the young guys as they extend themselves beyond any point they have previously.”
Triple-A right-hander Nefi Ogando, who was optioned on Saturday, could be recalled when Lehigh Valley’s season ends. The Phillies also indicated they could promote a player or two from Double-A Reading, but they prefer to keep those players together for the postseason.
Because the Phillies are trying to conserve their young arms in the rotation and bullpen, interim manager Pete Mackanin said the team will probably implement a six-man rotation in the near future.