Phils expected to add 3 at expansion time

Phils expected to add 3 at expansion time

NEW YORK -- Expect to see some new faces in Phillies uniforms on Tuesday.

No, the Phillies do not expect to trade anybody before Monday's midnight waiver Trade Deadline. Outfielder Jeff Francoeur might be the most attractive player to a contender, and it is believed that the Pirates claimed him off waivers earlier this month, but the two teams could not work out a trade, so the Phillies pulled him back.

But the Phillies are expected to add three players when rosters expand on Tuesday. The smart bets are Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Erik Kratz and right-handers Dalier Hinojosa and Colton Murray, although that remains to be seen.

"I don't think you're going to see a lot of moves made, because the guys that are here are the ones that need to continue to play and progress," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said on Monday afternoon at Citi Field. "I think most likely the moves will be pitching-related to protect some of the young guys as they extend themselves beyond any point they have previously."

Triple-A right-hander Nefi Ogando, who was optioned on Saturday, could be recalled when Lehigh Valley's season ends. The Phillies also indicated they could promote a player or two from Double-A Reading, but they prefer to keep those players together for the postseason.

Because the Phillies are trying to conserve their young arms in the rotation and bullpen, interim manager Pete Mackanin said the team will probably implement a six-man rotation in the near future.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.