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Philadelphia Phillies new manager Gabe Kapler during a news conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Matt Rourke

Thanksgiving is a few days away, but the Phillies are already thinking about next season.

Philadelphia announced its spring training schedule Monday.

Pitcher and catchers will hold their first work out on Feb. 14, 2018 in Clearwater, Florida. The full squad will report Feb. 19, 2018.

New manager Gabe Kapler will manage his first game when the Phillies open up spring training Feb. 22 in an exhibition game against the University of Tampa.

The Phillies will host 17 spring training games at Spectrum Field. The official spring training home opener is Feb. 24 against the Baltimore Orioles. Spring training concludes on March 27 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Phillies open the 2018 season on March 29 in Atlanta against the Braves.

Philadelphia also made some rosters moves Monday, claiming infielder Engelb Vielma from the San Francisco Giants.

Vielma, 23, hit. 229 in 121 games between double-A Chattanooga and triple-A Rochester last season. He has played second base, shortstop and third base in his six-year minor-league career. 

The team also selected the following contracts to the 40-man roster:

• Seranthony Domínguez, RHP – A Florida State League midseason All-Star, Domínguez averaged 10.91 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched in 17 games (15 starts) between the Gulf Coast League Phillies and single-A Clearwater. Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on October 6, 2011, Domínguez, 22, has posted a 3.11 ERA (107 ER, 310.0 IP) in 75 career minor league appearances (54 starts).

• Franklyn Kilomé, RHP – Kilomé, 22, posted a 2.83 ERA (40 ER, 127.0 IP) in 24 combined starts between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading in 2017. Recently tabbed as the 10th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America, Kilomé was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on January 22, 2013.

• Ranger Suárez, LHP – A 6-foot-1 left-hander, Suárez posted a 2.57 ERA (31 ER, 122.2 IP) with 128 strikeouts to just 35 walks in 22 combined starts last season between single-A Lakewood and single-A Clearwater. A midseason South Atlantic League All-Star, Suárez, 22, took home Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for April and was also selected as Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week on four occasions. Born in Pie de Cuesta, Venezuela, Suárez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012.

• José Taveras, RHP – Honored as both a midseason and postseason Florida State League All-Star, Taveras made 25 combined starts for single-A Clearwater, double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2017. He posted a 2.22 ERA (38 ER, 154.1 IP) in those 25 starts and led the Phillies minor league system in innings and strikeouts (140). Taveras, 24, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on November 10, 2013.

The Phillies also designated right-handers Mark Appel and Alberto Tirado for assignment and have outrighted left-hander Elniery García to triple-A Lehigh Valley. With the additions of Domínguez, Kilomé, Suárez, Taveras and Vielma, the Phillies now have 40 players on their 40-man roster.

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