The Phillies made eight roster moves Saturday.
They reassigned left-hander Adam Morgan, right-handers J.C. Ramirez and Kyle Simon, infielder Michael Martinez, catcher Tommy Joseph and third baseman Cody Asche to Minor League camp. They also optioned left-hander Joe Savery, and released outfielder Joe Mather.
They informed right-handers Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin and outfielder Zach Collier they will be optioned on Monday.
Asche and Joseph impressed. Asche hit .357 (5-for-14) with two doubles, two walks and two strikeouts in eight games. Joseph hit .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles, one home run and two RBIs in six games. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and third baseman Michael Young will be free agents after the season, so if Asche and Joseph continue to develop with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season the Phillies could have some interesting decisions to make in the offseason.
Could Asche and Joseph be significant contributors in 2014?
"Next season, maybe. Maybe," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "Not 2013 necessarily. It's a possibility. It's hard to tell. A lot of it will depend on how they continue to advance. Neither one of these guys have played Triple-A baseball."
"They still need to put together solid seasons," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They need a little more experience. But at the same time they're more advanced than I thought they were, than I expected. Very much so."
Manuel also complimented Morgan, Martin and Pettibone.
"They're going to pitch in the big leagues," Manuel said.
The Phillies didn't see Savery in competition for one of the team's three job openings in the bullpen. Martinez wasn't a candidate to be one of the team's utility infielders.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less