The Phillies weren’t flying blind when they attempted to construct a spring camp roster, but like every other team, they had to satisfy some unanswerable questions. No one knows for sure when the minor-league season will begin or what it will resemble. No one knows how Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 protocols will affect the day-to-day roster in 2021. No one knows how to best compensate for an entire lost minor-league season in 2020, or how to manage workloads when the sport goes from 60 games to 162 games.

So, the Phillies assembled something of a “B” team to come to Florida and work alongside the big-league campers. They will begin spring training with 72 players in all — 53 members of big-league camp and another 19 at a “minicamp.”

The Phillies tried to strike a balance by inviting veterans who can provide injury insurance for the major-league team; young prospects who need game reps; and minor-league pitchers who…



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