Phillies leaning toward 11 hurlers in NLDS

Phillies leaning toward 11 hurlers in NLDS

Phillies leaning toward 11 hurlers in NLDS
ATLANTA -- The Phillies have a few more days to finalize their roster for the National League Division Series, which begins Saturday with Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park.

"We're pretty close," Phiillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies have informed outfielder Domonic Brown, right-hander Justin De Fratus and left-hander Joe Savery they will participate in instructional league during the postseason to stay sharp in case they are needed. Right-hander Michael Schwimer and outfielder Brandon Moss will head home after the regular-season finale Wednesday.

The Phillies said Monday at Turner Field they are leaning toward carrying 11 pitchers. If that is the case, the roster could look like this:

Catchers (2). Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.

Infielders (7): Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Ross Gload, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez.

Outfielders (5): Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco.

Pitchers (11): Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Vance Worley, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Stutes and Kyle Kendrick, with David Herndon or Joe Blanton possibly in the running for the final spot.

Blanton has pitched well enough in four appearances this month to "definitely put himself into the mix," Amaro said. He has allowed four hits and one run and struck out seven in five innings. Amaro said he is not surprised at how well Blanton has performed.

"We signed for three years for a reason," the GM said. "He's a pretty good pitcher."