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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Shortly after the Philadelphia Phillies secured their fourth win on Monday with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Spectrum Field, the club announced their first cuts of the spring.

Right-hander Drew Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while two non-roster invitees, catcher Edgar Cabral and right-hander J.D. Hammer, were reassigned to minor league camp.

Anderson, 23, allowed two runs (one earned) through four innings and two relief appearances this spring, while striking out three batters. The Reno, Nevada native struggled through 2 1/3 innings last season in the majors, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

Cabral, 22, hit .667/.750/1.000 this spring with a double in three at-bats, while Hammer, 23, did not appear in relief.

Spring Training Roster Breakdown, (as of March 6, 2018)

Non-Roster Invitees (21):

  • Left-handed pitchers (3): Fernando AbadCole IrvinBrandon Leibrandt
  • Right-handed pitchers (5): Pedro Beato, Enyel De Los Santos, Tom Eshelman, Drew Hutchison, Francisco Rodriguez
  • Catchers (3): Matt McBrideLogan MooreNick Rickles
  • Infielders (6): Ryan FlahertyScott Kingery, Heiker MenesesWill MiddlebrooksAdam RosalesMitch Walding
  • Outfielders (4): Collin Cowgill, Pedro Florimon, Danny Ortiz, Andrew Pullin

40-Man Roster, Major League Camp (39):

  • Left-handed pitchers (4): Zac Curtis, Hoby Milner, Adam Morgan, Ranger Suarez
  • Right-handed pitchers (19): Victor Arano, Seranthony Dominguez, Zach Eflin, Jerad Eickhoff, Luis Garcia, Tommy Hunter, Franklyn Kilome, Mark Leiter Jr., Ben Lively, Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Aaron Nola, Ricardo Pinto, Nick Pivetta, Edubray Ramos, Yacksel Rios, Jose Taveras, Jake Thompson, Vince Velasquez
  • Catchers (3): Jorge Alfaro, Andrew Knapp, Cameron Rupp
  • Infielders (7): Eliezer Alvarez, J.P. Crawford, Maikel Franco, Cesar Hernandez, Tommy Joseph, Carlos Santana, Jesmuel Valentin
  • Outfielders (6): Aaron Altherr, Dylan Cozens, Odubel Herrera, Rhys Hoskins, Roman Quinn, Nick Williams

40-Man Roster, Minor League Camp (1): Drew Anderson

Cabral combined to play 91 games last season between the Lakewood BlueClaws and Clearwater Threshers, batting .260/.332/.357 with 17 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBIs in 358 plate appearances.

Hammer, the Phillies' No. 29-ranked prospect, was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 26, along with right-hander Alejandro Requena and infielder Jose Gomez, in exchange for All-Star RHP Pat Neshek. Neshek returned to the Phillies this offseason by signing to a two-year, $16.25 million deal on Dec. 13.

All three moves shrink the camp roster to 60, with 21 non-roster invitees and 39 from the 40-man roster.

The Phillies will kick off the regular season away against the Atlanta Braves on March 29.


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