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Philadelphia Phillies make surprising spring training cut

Sandberg wants flexible roster options this season.
Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Spring training is never fully predictable. The Philadelphia Phillies proved that once again when the cut Kevin Frandsen out of their opening day roster plans and off their 40-man major league roster. The veteran utility man has three days to decide if he wants to completely severe ties with the organization and become a free agent, or accept a spot on their Triple-A team.

Frandsen created a feel-good story after signing as a free agent with the Phillies in March 2011. He played well for Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg in 2011. He earned a mid-season promotion to Philadelphia after another good performance in 2012.

Freddy Galvis' recent MRSA infection seemed to help this 31-year-old veteran to secure his spot within this season's crop of backup infield options. So, the team's call to erase Frandsen, who led the major's with 14 pinch hits last year, was surprising.

Cesar Hernandez, who spent time with the Phillies last season, veteran Ronny Cedeno or veteran Reid Brignac, will hang his own uniform in Frandsen's old locker on March 31.

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