CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Opening Day is nine days away and the Phillies' 25-man roster is coming into focus.
Outfielder Roman Quinn and right-hander Tommy Hunter are expected to open the season on the injured list. Quinn has been sidelined this spring by a strained right oblique. Hunter has been sidelined because of a strained flexor in his right arm.
Quinn's absence is likely to make the Phillies' four-man bench look like this: catcher Andrew Knapp, utility player Scott Kingery and outfielders Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr. The Phillies will have a decision to make once Quinn returns from the injured list because he and Altherr are both out of options.
But because the Phillies have three days off in the first eight days of the season, the team could begin with right-hander Vince Velasquez in the bullpen and add another bench player, like outfielder Dylan Cozens, infielder Mitch Walding or a non-roster invitee like Sean Rodriguez.