Phillies finalize opening day roster

- Monday is opening day so Sunday, the Phillies announced they’ve finalized their opening day roster for the 2017 regular season.

The players have an average age of 28.08 years old, and the the roster includes 13 players not on the opening day roster last year.

The opening day roster includes 12 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders:

Pitchers (12): Right-handers Joaquín Benoit, Clay Buchholz, Jerad Eickhoff, Jeanmar Gómez, Jeremy Hellickson, Héctor Neris, Pat Neshek, Aaron Nola, Edubray Ramos and Vince Velasquez, and left-handers Adam Morgan and Joely Rodríguez.

Catchers (2): Andrew Knapp and Cameron Rupp

Infielders (6): Andrés Blanco, Maikel Franco, Freddy Galvis, César Hernández, Tommy Joseph and Brock Stassi

Outfielders (5): Aaron Altherr, Odúbel Herrera, Howie Kendrick, Daniel Nava and Michael Saunders.

Right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to March 30) to continue rehabilitation from his knee surgeries (right knee on Aug. 19 & left knee on Sept. 30).

The Phillies are at 40 players on their 40-man roster. They open the regular season Monday at Cincinnati, with their home opener here on Friday.

Philadelphia Phillies salary list, according to The Associated Press:
Jeremy Hellickson             $17,200,000
Clay Buchholz                    13,500,000
Howie Kendrick                  9,540,378
Michael Saunders              8,000,000
Joaquin Benoit                    7,500,000
Pat Neshek                          6,500,000
Freddy Galvis                     4,350,000
Jeanmar Gomez             4,200,000
Andres Blanco                    3,000,000
Cesar Hernandez           2,550,000
Odubel Herrera                   1,600,000
Daniel Nava                         1,350,000
Cameron Rupp                    565,000
Maikel Franco                     560,000
Hector Neris                        557,500
Jerad Eickhoff                    552,000
Vince Velasquez                547,000
Aaron Nola                           544,000
Tommy Joseph               543,000
Edubray Ramos                 540,000
Adam Morgan                 539,000
Aaron Altherr                       538,500
dl-Zach Eflin                        537,000
Andrew Knapp                535,000
Joely Rodriguez                 535,000
Brock Stassi                       535,000

Rookie outfielder/first baseman Stassi had an emotional reaction after being named to the opening day roster. Video showed the 27-year-old tearing up and calling making the team "a dream come true" after six years in the minors.

The Phillies ended Spring Training  with starter Clay Buchholz giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. Freddy Galvis homered and Andrew Knapp drove in three runs for the Phillies.

Alex Cobb allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings for Tampa Bay. Steven Souza Jr. homered and Tim Beckham hit a bases-loaded triple.

Final score: Phillies 7, Rays 7

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