Tallet, Phillips Get Final Two Roster Spots
Brian Tallet

Posted Mar 31, 2006

The Blue Jays 25-man roster is set, and Brian Tallet has found his way onto the Blue Jays roster, along with catcher Jason Phillips.

Brian Tallet and Jason Phillips are the final two members to make the Blue Jays 25-man roster. Tallet earned the spot with an outstanding spring training, and got the chance when the Jays decided to place A.J. Burnett on the disabled list to begin the season.

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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