LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Phillies made three roster moves on Sunday, and one of them narrowed the competition for the final two bench jobs.
The Phillies reassigned second baseman Josh Barfield and catchers Dane Sardinha and Tuffy Gosewisch to Minor League camp. Barfield had been competing for a bench job with Luis Castillo, Pete Orr, Michael Martinez and Delwyn Young. Wilson Valdez, who could be the Opening Day second baseman, is a lock to make the team.
Barfield hit .271 (13 for 48) with three doubles, one triple and five RBIs in 21 spring games.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Barfield played well this spring, but "we just felt the other guys in camp are going to be able to give us more versatility. He didn't do anything to hurt himself. We'll consider him if there is a breakdown at the Major League level."
Amaro said that Barfield will play second base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, although he will play elsewhere on occasion.