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03/30/08 4:50 PM ET
Phillies finalize Opening Day roster
Philadelphia enters regular season carrying 11 pitchers
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -- With no last-minute waiver claim or trade, the Phillies set their 25-man roster on Sunday in preparation for Monday's regular-season opener against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. General manager Pat Gillick said the Phillies were talking to a few of the players who were cut from their respective teams, but didn't elaborate. Lefty relievers Mike Stanton and Steve Kline and starting pitcher Woody Williams were among the players cut. The Phillies' 25-man roster: Catchers (2): Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz. Infielders (7): Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz, Wes Helms, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. Outfielders (5): Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins, So Taguchi, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth. Pitchers (11): Clay Condrey, Chad Durbin, Adam Eaton, Tom Gordon, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Tim Lahey, Ryan Madson, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers and J.C. Romero. Considering the Phillies used a franchise-record 28 pitchers last season, the team's roster on March 31 figures to be considerably different by Sept. 1. At this time last year, for example, Kendrick was in Double-A Reading and Romero was with the Red Sox. "It's sort of one where you want to continually try to improve your club," Gillick said. "I don't think you ever feel comfortable with your club, and you shouldn't. You should be trying to make it better, [even] if it's in a small way. One or two games make a difference. Last year, we won by one game and the year before, we were in it to the end and didn't make it."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.