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Hamstring Might Ultimately Plague Coste's Roster Hopes

The storyline suddenly getting attention is of Chris Coste and his hamstring.

The backup catcher is looking to get back into the swing of things by opening night, but he doesn’t want to rush it.

Now, Coste is somewhat embroiled in a battle with Ronny Paulino for the backup spot. However, in his blog, David Murphy recently wrote Coste was the overwhelming favorite. That’s interesting, considering Paulino is getting playing time and Coste is sitting on the side. I would think Paulino has a great shot at usurping the spot from Coste; moreover, there isn’t a bench spot readily available for Coste to fall back on, as myriad players are fighting for what’s left.

Then there’s the idea of trading Coste. It could happen, but it won’t while Coste is injured. Certainly all this isn’t a giant issue considering the Phils have substantial depth in the back, but one has to wonder how much longer Coste really has in a Phillie uniform.

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