Pete Mackanin announced Monday that Vince Velasquez would start his 2016 season with the Phillies.
Adam Morgan has been optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The team has also optioned left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo, right-handed pitcher Luis Garcia and outfielder Darnell Sweeney. Meanwhile, catcher Logan Moore, infielder Angelys Nina, right-handed pitchers Reiner Roibal and Chris Leroux, and left-handed pitcher Bobby LaFromboise have been reassigned to minor league camp.
The Phillies report 38 players still remain in major league camp; with five roster spots ostensibly open (two outfield, three bullpen).
Velasquez – who with Eickhoff will stay in Florida through the weekend, pitching April 2 before heading to Cincinnati – went 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA over 55 innings last season with Houston. He pitched well this spring, turning in a 3.21 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 14 innings. He starts today’s game against Toronto.