Competition for bullpen spots still an open race

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have three job openings in the bullpen, and it remains anybody's game.

"It's open," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "No one has really stepped up other than maybe [Phillippe] Aumont a little bit. Aumont has pitched as well as anybody, and it looks like he's got a good demeanor. He's confident on the mound. That's good. I think [Raul] Valdes took another step forward. We'll see how [Jeremy] Horst pitches the next time out. I have confidence in Horst because he pitched so well for us last year. He's going to have a little bit of an edge over some of the other guys, naturally. But things are open."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.