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The Roster Microscope: The Final Decisions

Kenny Lofton: Ready or not?

The Phillies made three significant roster moves on Wednesday that seem to signal how their final roster will look. Ryan Howard was officially optioned to AAA Scranton, while Amaury Telemaco and Shane Victorino were given their walking papers. The door is officially open for a couple other players on the spring roster.

Amaury Telemaco was legitimately surprised when he got the news that he had been placed on waivers. "I'm shocked, but life is full of surprises," confessed Telemaco. It wasn't that Telemaco pitched badly this spring - he was 0-0, 3.57 in 10 games - but may have been a penny pinching move. Telemaco was placed on waivers just a day before his contract would have become guaranteed, meaning that the...

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