Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Nationals_vs_braves_8db8

The Philadelphia Phillies set their Opening Day Roster yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s Opening Day matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

With 23 spots basically locked down, the Phillies only had two spots remaining.

The Phillies opted to keep utility infielder Pete Orr on their roster. It has been clear that the Phillies would carry an extra infielder given the rash of infield injuries. First baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley and utility infielder Michael Martinez will all open the season on the disabled list. Hector Luna, who had a very solid Spring was optioned to Triple A, as the Phillies instead chose a known commodity in Pete Orr. Orr helped the Phillies in the early part of last year as well, and brings some speed to the club.

The other roster spot went to left hander Joe Savery. Savery will be the Phillies second left handed option out of the bullpen. Their primary option, Antonio Bastardo, struggled with velocity during the Spring, but appears to be rounding into form. Bastardo had a breakout year last year for the Phillies. Savery will provide the Phillies with some depth out of the pen.  The Phillies initially signed Dontrelle Willis in the offseason to a non-guaranteed deal to be the lefty specialist, but then wound up releasing him after he struggled.  Joe Savery, as has been well documented, has a pretty amazing story.  Savery was selected as a first round pick in 2007.  His career derailed a bit and the lefthander struggled to find his groove.  Two years ago, mainly on the strength of his bat and not his arm, the Phillies decided to try and convert him to a first baseman.  While that project had varying degrees of success, Savery wound up reprising his role as a pitcher, this time as a reliever.  After a solid spring, he is now a member of the Phillies.

The Phillies optioned Scott Podsednik to the Triple A, despite the fact that he also had a phenomenal Spring.  Also optioned was pitcher Raul Valdes.

So, without further adieu, here are your 2012 Philadelphia Phillies:

Catchers

Carlos Ruiz

Brian Schneider

Infielders

Jim Thome

Ty Wiggington

Freddy Galvis

Jimmy Rollins

Placido Polanco

Pete Orr

Outfielders

Hunter Pence

Shane Victorino

John Mayberry Jr.

Juan Pierre

Laynce Nix

Starting Pitchers

Roy Halladay

Cliff Lee

Cole Hamels

Vance Worley

Joe Blanton

Bullpen

Jonathan Papelbon

Antonio Bastardo

Michael Stutes

Chad Qualls

Kyle Kendrick

Joe Savery

David Herndon

Disabled List

Ryan Howard

Chase Utley

Jose Contreras

Michael Martinez

Justin DeFratus

The Phillies open their season tomorrow in Pittsburgh at 1:35 PM with Roy Halladay opposing the Pirates’ LHP Erik Bedard.

Similar Posts:

  • Phillies Odds and Ends – Injuries and Roster Breakdown
  • Phillies Odds and Ends – Dom Brown, Martinez, Utley and the Walking Dead
  • Ryan Howard Cleared to Shed Walking Boot…Finally
  • The Chase Utley Scuttlebutt – Why Fans Care
  • The Chase Utley Watch Has Officially Begun… Again

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Will Phil Jackson give himself a chance to succeed with Knicks?

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.