Phillies put finishing touches on Opening Day roster

Phillies put finishing touches on Opening Day roster

The Phillies selected the contracts of outfielder Jeff Francoeur and infielder Andres Blanco on Sunday, as they finalized their roster ahead of Monday's Opening Day game against the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia also optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, placed right-handers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Pettibone on the 15-day disabled list and placed left-hander Mario Hollands on the 60-day DL.

Those moves left the club with a 25-man roster, featuring 12 pitchers and 13 position players. The Phillies will start the year with a four-man rotation, since they won't need a fifth starter until April 12. The eight-man bullpen will include righty Dustin McGowan, who was signed on Saturday after being released by the Dodgers.

Francoeur came to camp as a non-roster invitee, after signing a Minor League deal in November. The 10-year veteran, who played 10 games for the Padres last season, won a job despite hitting .175 (7-for-40) with 10 strikeouts this spring.

Blanco made the club as a backup infielder with the ability to handle shortstop. He played in 25 games at short, second base and third base for the Phillies last year, going 13-for-47 (.277) with one home run. Blanco, who turns 31 this coming Saturday, has also played for the Royals, Cubs and Rangers over seven big league seasons.

The Phillies' Opening Day roster is as follows:

Pitchers (12): RHP David Buchanan, Justin De Fratus, Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, Jeanmar Gomez, Aaron Harang, McGowan, Jonathan Papelbon and Jerome Williams; LHP Jake Diekman, Cole Hamels and Cesar Jimenez

Catchers (2): Carlos Ruiz and Cameron Rupp

Infielders (7): Cody Asche, Blanco, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf and Chase Utley

Outfielders (4): Francoeur, Odubel Herrera, Ben Revere and Grady Sizemore

Andrew Simon is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.