Phillies Still Thinking Of Rosenberg

Righty invited to big league camp

PHILADELPHIA—The best phone call that B.J. Rosenberg received this winter was from Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. Jordan informed Rosenberg that he'd been invited to big league spring training camp.

"It definitely put a big smile on my face," the 26-year-old righthander said. "It was good for me mentally. It showed that even though I did have that one rough year, it's not like they write you off."

Rosenberg was slowed by labrum surgery as an amateur at Louisville. He stayed for a fifth year and was selected by the Phillies in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He quickly opened eyes with 22 saves and a 1.18 ERA in 47 games between low Class A and Double-A in 2009.

That performance earned him an invite to big league camp in 2010. After camp, Rosenberg's self-described "rough year" began. He felt a shooting pain in his right side. It turned out to be a torn lat muscle, which led to a lost season.

"It was a big year for me and unfortunately I was hurt," Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg got healthy last winter and went 5-7, 4.28 in 39 games at Double-A last season. He allowed 114 hits while striking out 103 and walking 38 in 109 innings. A reliever by trade, he made 14 starts as team officials tried to stretch out his innings. He also pitched in the Arizona Fall League. Team officials saw enough to bring him to big league camp for a look.

"I'm probably one of the older guys, prospect-wise, but it's more about production and getting the chance and taking full advantage of it when you get the opportunity," said Rosenberg, who throws a mid-90s fastball, a slider and a changeup.

Rosenberg is expected to help in the Triple-A bullpen at the outset of the season. He's healthy and, as that wintertime phone call showed, on the club's mind.


• Andy Abad, who played in the majors with the Athletics, Red Sox and Reds, was hired as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

• Lefty reliever Jeremy Horst, acquired from Cincinnati for infielder Wilson Valdez, was invited to big league spring training camp. The 26-year-old made his major league debut for the Reds last September and is 23-29, 3.08 in 429 career minor league innings, having allowed just 31 home runs.