Brad Arnsberg told InsideTheDome.com yesterday that A.J. Burnett will begin the season on the…
Tallet, Phillips Get Final Two Roster Spots
Jason Phillips, a long-shot to make the opening day roster with Bengie Molina, Gregg Zaun and Guillermo Quiroz in the mix, battled through and his versatility helped him in the end.
Zaun will be on the disabled list to begin the season, and the Jays decided to give the spot to Phillips since they didn't feel Quiroz was ready for the major leagues.
Quiroz was placed on waivers this week, and was claimed on Friday by the Mariners.
Phillips batted .308 this spring in 20 games and is going to be the backup catcher to Bengie Molina until Zaun is able to come off the disabled list.
Meanwhile Tallet, who was acquired from the Indians earlier this offseason in exchange for Bubbie Buzachero when the Indians designated him for assignment, pitched 11.1 scoreless innings with the Jays in camp.
Tallet is a tall and lanky left-handed pitcher. His fastball ranges between 89-92 MPH, and he also features a cutter, slider and changeup.
"Tallet is a kid we scouted since his playing days at LSU and have seen numerous times. We were glad to get him," Tony LaCava, the Blue Jays Assistant General Manager told InsideTheDome when Tallet was acquired.
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