Monday is Sept. 1, which means big league rosters will expand to, at maximum, 40 players. The Phillies have the luxury to add as many players as they want, max 40, so look for a few names to come to Philly. While most teams use September call-up time to try out younger players and prospects, the Phils and other contenders will be filling out holes and reaching for depth. Here’s a sampler of guys who could see the big-league roster Monday.
JA Happ: It’s pretty certain Happ will join the Phillies for September. He got three appearances with the Phils this season, two were starts. Fans have pined for his return to regular big league action, and they should see it Sept. 1. He fits as a spot starter and long-innings man for the stretch drive.
Adam Eaton: Asst. GM Ruben Amaro said Eaton is a lock to come back with the Phillies for September. While he surely hasn’t proved he belongs, his mammoth contract sweeps out logic. He fits as a mop-up guy, pushing Clay Condrey up a smidge in the bullpen rotation.
Carlos Carrasco: It’s a good possibility Carrasco comes to Philadelphia, considering his stint in AAA Lehigh Valley has been pretty wonderful. He isn’t on the 40-man roster, however, and someone will have to be taken off for him. But he very well should be called up, so consider it his tryout before spring, when he’ll be facing down Happ and Eaton for the fifth starter spot. He fits getting sporadic outings in the middle innings, maybe getting one start if necessary.
Jason Jaramillo: Jaramillo has proven himself capable of getting some big league catching time, but he’s probably nothing to sneeze at. Bottom line is the Phils will certainly have three catchers for September, and Jaramaillo deserves some time despite Lou Marson being all-world this season (he’ll concentrate on the Arizona Fall League). Jaramillo fits as a sometimes catcher and final bench hitter, freeing up Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz to hit more.
Mike Cervenak: The ‘nak had a shot earlier this season and got an RBI single in his third major league at bat. Now the 30+ journeyman should see September time, but as one of the last bench players. He fits getting a couple at bats, nothing much more.
Greg Golson: I could see Golson coming to Philadelphia for the final month, mainly so he can be the guy who comes in late for Pat Burrell. He brings a nice glove, good speed and a little pop. He fits as a pinch runner/defensive replacement.
Jeremy Slayden: The 26-year-old non-prospect could get the call north for outfield depth. I consider him more of a longshot, but if the Phils want to go seven or eight deep with callups, give him a look. He has OK power and can hit a bit, but he’s not a big bat. He fits as the final outfield bench bat.
Other possibilities include Jason Donald and Marson (both AFL-bound), Brad Harman (bad year in Reading), Brandon Watson (not on 40-man roster) and Andrew Carpenter (recently sent down).