Werth's departure not only left the Phillies looking for a right-field replacement, it also created a gaping hole in the middle of their batting order. Manager Charlie Manuel will look to several candidates to fill that hole, and it may require some shuffling.
Just about the only spots the Phillies can count on are the cleanup spot, where Ryan Howard will regularly play, and the third spot, where Chase Utley will bat if healthy. Placido Polanco remains one of the game's best two-hole hitters, and he will likely be slotted into that position more often than not.
Beyond that, the Phillies have some interesting questions. Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins are the two most likely candidates to lead off, but neither has ever batted .300 or posted an on-base percentage north of .360. If Rollins doesn't lead off, the switch hitter could see time behind Howard in the fifth slot. Alternately, Utley could bat second as he has periodically in the past, and Rollins could drop between Utley and Howard to break up the two lefthanders.
If Rollins does lead off, his stated preference, then either Raul Ibanez or new right-fielder Ben Francisco could climb into the fifth position. However, Ibanez is 38 years old and Francisco has mostly been a platoon player during his career. In that case, Victorino would likely bat seventh, and catcher Carlos Ruiz would drop to eighth. Top prospect Domonic Brown will also push for playing time when he returns from a hand injury.
Injuries forced Manuel to use a whopping 75 different lineups last season, and he will likely need to juggle players more this year in an effort to find the most effective fit.