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Schwimer: Diekman, Valdes and Luna Called Up

So it looks like the Phillies are making more than one change to the 25-man roster before Friday’s series opener aganist the Padres. The team announced Wednesday they had optioned left-hander Joe Savery to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They said then they would make a corresponding move Friday.

But Triple-A right-hander Michael Schwimer announced on his Twitter account today that left-handers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes and infielder Hector Luna are headed to Philadelphia. The Phillies have not made any official moves, and have not returned calls seeking confirmation. Right-hander Brian Sanches and catcher Erik Kratz are the most likely to be sent out. Laynce Nix also could be DL’s because of a strained left calf, which would keep Kratz around.

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Phillies Invite 12 Players to Spring Training

The Phillies have invited 12 players to Spring Training as non-roster invitees. Here are their names and bios from a Phillies press release:

  •  Josh Barfield, INF … Barfield, 27, spent last season with triple-A Portland in the San Diego Padres organization where he batted .294 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 78 games. For his major league career, he has hit .264 with 16 home runs and 112 RBI in 309 games between the Padres (2006) and Cleveland Indians (2007-09). Barfield’s father, Jesse, spent 12 seasons in the majors between the Blue Jays and Yankees from 1981-92.
  • Eddie Bonine, RHP … The 29-year-old Bonine spent his first full season in the major leagues with Detroit where he went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances (one start). A Rule 5 draft selection of the Tigers in 2005, Bonine set career highs in wins, appearances and innings (68.0) in 2010. In 62 career appearances in the majors, he has posted a 7-3 record with a 4.74 ERA.
  • Tagg Bozied, INF/OF … In 104 games for double-A Reading last season, Bozied, 31, batted .315 and led all Phillies minor leaguers with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. The Eastern League All-Star also led the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.631). Bozied appeared at both first and third base as well as left and right field for Reading.
  • Ryan Feierabend, LHP … Feierabend, 25, spent last season between three levels of the Seattle Mariners organization after missing the entire 2009 season due to “Tommy John” surgery. In 2010, he appeared in 25 games (24 starts) and went 5-8 with a 5.14 ERA between triple-A Tacoma, double-A West Tennessee and single-A High Desert. Feierabend has appeared in 25 major league games (19 starts), all for Seattle (2006-08).
  • Erik Kratz, C … In 70 games last season for triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Kratz, 30, hit .274 with nine home runs and 41 RBI. The native of Telford, PA, batted .336 over a 36-game span in May and June to earn a promotion to Pittsburgh in July. Kratz collected two hits in his big league debut, July 17 against Houston.

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Bonine, Kratz Agree to Minor League Deals

bonine.jpgThe Phillies added pitching and catching depth today.

A source confirmed a FOXsports.com report the Phillies verbally agreed to Minor League contracts with right-handed pitcher Eddie Bonine, who spent last season in the Detroit Tigers bullpen, and catcher Erik Kratz, who appeared in nine games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bonine, 29, went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances (one start) in 2010. He could compete for a bullpen job in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee or begin the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is a swingman-type pitcher, who could provide the Phillies versatility in a pinch.

Bonine has a fastball that sits around 90 mph, but he also throws a knuckleball. He went 7-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 62 appearances (10 starts) in three seasons in Detroit. He went 49-39 with a 4.52 ERA in 197 appearances (109) starts in his Minor League career.

Kratz, 30, hit .118 (4 for 34) with one RBI for the Pirates. He hit .274 with nine homers and 41 RBIs in 70 games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

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