CLEARWATER - A day before the Phillies leave Florida and head to Atlanta, the team's opening day roster continues to come into focus.
On Monday morning, the Phils sent outfielder Roman Quinn, starting pitcher Zach Eflin and lefty reliever Zac Curtis to Triple A.
With Quinn and Jesmuel Valentin, who was optioned out on Sunday, off to Triple A, the position player side of the roster appears set at 12. Here it is:
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With 12 position players, the Phils are set to open with 13 pitchers. It looks like they will go with a four-man rotation until Jake Arrieta is activated on April 8. Arrieta could open on the disabled list to build arm strength or briefly be optioned to the minors. He will pitch in Clearwater on Tuesday and throw a simulated game in New York next week as he gears for his debut.
As of Monday morning, there were four locks in the rotation:
• Aaron Nola
• Nick Pivetta
• Vince Velasquez
• Ben Lively
The Phils will open with a nine-man bullpen. There appear to be eight locks:
• Hector Neris
• Pat Neshek
• Tommy Hunter
• Luis Garcia
• Adam Morgan (LH)
• Hoby Milner (LH)
• Edubray Ramos
• Drew Hutchison
The final bullpen spot appears to be down to Victor Arano or Jake Thompson.
An even clearer picture of the opening day roster could emerge as the day unfolds. This is where things stood Monday morning.