March 15, 2005

The Phurnace: Phils trim roster to 47

This is the first installment of "The Phurnace," a Phillie-centric look at what's happening around the baseball world. That's blogger code for "There's nothing original to write about today."

Bucktrot, Roberson, others optioned
The Phillies made eight roster cuts Monday. Pitchers Keith Bucktrot and Zack Segovia, 3B Juan Richardson and OF Chris Roberson were optioned to the minor-league camp.

John Castellano, an All-Star with Reading last season, C Tim Gradoville, who hit a game winning hit Sunday in Clearwater, long-time Reading outfielder Jorge Padilla and RHP Francisco Butto were re-assigned to the minors.

Wendell Magee update
Where is former Phillie Wendell Magee these days? Brian C. Engelhardt, writing for, checks in with the former Phillie, who’s currently out of baseball and looking to get back in the swing. In 2004, Magee played for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Since 2000, he's walked a thin line between the majors and AAA with a couple different organizations, including those free-swinging Tigers of 2000-01.

For a time in the mid-'90s, Magee was considered the Phils centerfielder of the future.

Lefty ranked 35th-best in new book
Steve Carlton is the lone Phillie on a list of the 100 best players of all time in the new book "Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Baseball?" by Elliott Kolb. Lefty ranks 35th all-time on a list noticeably missing Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn.

Kolb backs up his list with numbers and facts, and includes players from the Negro Leagues. Featured contributors include Bob Costas, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. The book was released mid February and is available for as low as $10.50.

Prior, Mauer article worth reading
Aaron Gleeman’s baseball and sports blog is exceptional and it's taken far too long to add it to my blog roll. His latest article is on the reoccurring injuries to Cubs pitcher Mark Prior and Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who were taken 1-2 in the 2001 draft.

Both Prior and Mauer were considered Hall of Famers in the making but have suffered significant injury setbacks. Yesterday, the Cubs announced that Prior will be out indefinitely with an elbow problem, and the team says it’s different from the one that sidelined him last season. Mauer, trying to make a go of it this spring, is testing a surgically repaired knee.

Said Gleeman:

"... the almost parallel stories of Mauer and Prior, both bursting with potential and plagued by injuries, serve as yet another example of something we had more than enough examples of in the first place: There is no such thing as a sure thing in baseball."

Can someone please tell that to Ed Wade.


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