BRADENTON, Fla. Jason Jaramillo will be the backup catcher, as Robinzon Diaz this morning was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Steve Pearce also was optioned to Indy. Infielder Anderson Machado was reassigned to minor league camp.
Jaramillo, 26, finally stuck with a big league club in his fourth spring training attempt. Jaramillo teared up a bit as he talked about winning the job.
“It wasn’t the battle,” Jaramillo said. “It was more me wanting to get off the pressure on myself to make a good impression. I’m ecstatic right now, to say the least.”
GM Neal Huntington said Jaramillo’s superior defensive skills was the deciding factor.
• Reliever Evan Meek (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session today, and is tentatively slated to pitch in Monday’s game against the Reds.
• Phil Dumatrait (shoulder) is scheduled to throw two innings Sunday against the Yankees. It will be his first game action this spring. “I can’t wait,” Dumatrait said.
• Lineups for this afternoon’s game:
Phillies 1. Jimmy Rollins ss, 2. Shane Victorino cf, 3. Matt Stairs lf, 4. Ryan Howard 1b, 5. Geoff Jenkins rf, 6. Miguel Cairo 3b, 7. Marcus Giles 2b, 8. Carlos Ruiz c, 9. Jamie Moyer lhp.
Pirates 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Brian Bixler 2b, 3. Craig Monroe rf, 4. Adam LaRoche 1b, 5. Ramon Vazquez 3b, 6. Jason Jaramillo c, 7. Jeff Salazar lf, 8. Luis Cruz ss, 9. Ian Snell rhp.