Morning news: Joseph claimed by Rangers

Hey, another snow storm! Yippee … here’s the news:

MORE CUTS: Danny Ortiz has been reassigned to minor league camp. On Tuesday, Logan Moore, Andrew Pullin and Mitch Walding went to minor league camp.

That leaves 43 players.

(cue ominous music)

QUICK WIN: The Phillies meanwhile beat the Blue Jays 2-0 in a rain-shortened six-inning win. Ben Lively (5 IP, 4 K, 3 H) was his best self. The offense came from Pedro Florimon and Colin Cowgill, with Scott Kingery (of course) and Jorge Alfaro adding hits.

ICYMI: Tommy Joseph was claimed off waivers by the Rangers. If only they would’ve traded for him last year …

Meanwhile, hopefully Joseph gets an opportunity to succeed out there.

LEITER ON DL: Mark Leiter Jr. will, in fact, start the season on the disabled list. He should be out until late April or early May with a mild flexor strain.

TODAY’S GAME: The Phillies head to Dunedin today for a back-to-backer with the Blue Jays. Today’s lineup:

  1. Hernandez – 2B
  2. Hoskins – LF
  3. Franco – 3B
  4. Santana – 1B
  5. Altherr – CF
  6. Williams – RF
  7. Rupp – C
  8. Flaherty – SS
  9. Quinn – DH

Nick Pivetta is on the bump. Interesting to see Franco at the three hole and Santana batting cleanup. Game is at 1 p.m.



  1. Vernon Dozier

    March 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    The last remnant of the Hunter Pence saga is now gone. As a lot of people feared, giving up Domingo Sanatana would hurt the most in a few years.

  2. Mitchell Nathanson

    March 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Anybody still think Franco is the 3rd baseman come June 1st? Anybody? Anybody?

    • Gary Nicklas

      March 21, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Yes but who would take him??? Can Kingery play 3rd?

    • schmenkman

      March 22, 2018 at 10:01 am

      I wouldn’t bet anything on it that I couldn’t afford to lose, but yes, I think he is.

  3. Keg

    March 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Yes, I do.

  4. denzen

    March 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Yea, me too.

  5. Craig Glessner

    March 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    The only way he isn’t is if we keep Hernandez at second and have Kingery play third. If we don’t trade him he will be at third. We will find out soon GO PHILLIES

  6. Jeff Orbach

    March 22, 2018 at 10:58 am

    If Kingery is decent at 3rd and has the arm for it, He could be playing 3rd by May. Especially if Franco stinks it up.

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