With season nearing, Giles OK after back injury

Righty feels fine in game vs. Bucs; Revere could be trade material

With season nearing, Giles OK after back injury

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies won't finalize their roster until closer to the deadline Sunday, ending the exhibition season with an answer about Ken Giles' health but a big question in the outfield, where Ben Revere is rumored to be on the trading block.

FOX Sports first reported that the Phillies were widely shopping Revere, who hit .205 this spring. Revere, 26, is owed $4.1 million in 2015. If he isn't traded, he'll open in the outfield with Odubel Herrera and Grady Sizemore, with Jeff Francoeur, Darin Ruf, Jordan Danks, Cord Phelps and Russ Canzler fighting for the final spots.

Giles has been fighting a back injury and came out in the middle of the sixth inning Saturday after getting just one out, allowing two hits, a walk and two runs. But afterward, Giles and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg were adamant that Giles was ready to go for the regular season.

"Giles felt fine," Sandberg said. "We just wanted to get him out there on the mound. He actually had his best fastball of the spring. He passed the test."

Asked if he'd be confident in using Giles on Monday, Sandberg said: "Absolutely."

Giles has an 8.00 ERA this spring.

"I felt fine," Giles said. "My No. 1 priority was just getting out there and facing hitters. I feel fine about Monday. I didn't care what the outcome was. I just wanted to get out there before Opening Day."

Kevin Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.