"I was more aggressive in Spring Training in trying some things, and the results were the 11 stolen bases," Carrera said through his translator, Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel. "It's always been a part of my game, the speed. But I took more chances in Spring Training and they paid off. … I realized it was something I could do. Bringing it into the season, I have more confidence I can be a good basestealer."
Carrera hit .272 with six doubles, three triples, two home runs, 11 RBIs and a .707 OPS in 158 plate appearances last season with Cleveland. The Phillies consider him a more polished version of Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte, whom the team placed on waivers Tuesday to make room for Carrera on the 40-man roster.
Carrera also said he is comfortable playing all three outfield positions.
"I'm very happy for the opportunity I'm going to get here," he said. "I believe I can help the club win some ballgames. Whatever it takes, I'll try to help."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.