"Early in the season with the possible pitch counts coming into the season, it's nice to have an extra arm in the bullpen," Sandberg said.
The eight-man bullpen includes Jonathan Papelbon, Ken Giles, Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, Luis Garcia, Jeanmar Gomez, Cesar Jimenez and Dustin McGowan, whom the team signed to a contract Saturday after the Dodgers released him last week.
"McGowan was a guy we actually targeted over the winter," Sandberg said.
The Phillies chose Jeff Francoeur for a bench job, despite other outfielders in camp outperforming him. He joins Darin Ruf, Cameron Rupp, Cesar Hernandez and Andres Blanco on the bench.
"A need for a right-handed bat," Sandberg said, explaining Francoeur's spot on the roster.
Francoeur also plays well as a corner outfielder. The Phillies like his intangibles in the clubhouse, too. It could be a very long season for the Phillies, so a guy like Francoeur could help the club's young players survive it.
Cord Phelps (.870 OPS) had a much better spring than Hernandez (.482 OPS) or Blanco (.601 OPS), but Hernandez was out of options and the Phillies wanted a true shortstop on the bench.
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