LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies can expand their roster beginning Wednesday.
The Phillies could call up a player or two that day, but most players likely would join the team when it returns from its seven-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and Colorado on Friday.
Danys Baez and Ross Gload will rejoin the team once they are activated from the disabled list. Greg Dobbs will be back at some point. Pitchers Drew Carpenter, Scott Mathieson, Nate Robertson, Vance Worley and Mike Zagurski are candidates. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr., infielder Cody Ransom and catchers Paul Hoover or Dane Sardinha are candidates for the bench.
The Phillies have 38 players on their 40-man roster. They could move left-hander Jamie Moyer to the 60-day disabled list to give them 37 players. That would allow them to select the contracts of players like Dobbs, Robertson, Hoover or Sardinha or Ransom to put them on the roster.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said they have an idea who will pitch for them in a doubleheader Monday against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, but he did not tip his hand. It is believed Carpenter, Robertson and Worley are the top candidates.