A couple of notes

A couple of quick notes. . .

1) The Phillies have claimed infielder Carlos Rivero from the Cleveland Indians to bring their 40-man roster total to 34 players. Rivero, a right-handed hitter from Venezuela who turns 23 on May 20, played short stop in the Indians system. He hit .232/.278/.325 with six home runs in 496 at-bats last season for Double-A Akron. He is a career .255/.315/.361 hitter in the minors.

He sounds like a minor league inventory guy, a la Brian Bocock.

2) If you have any interest in seeing a player who has developed into perhaps the top relief arm in the Phillies system, tune into MLB Network on Saturday at 9 p.m. to catch the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game. Righthander Justin DeFratus, a will represent the Phillies.

DeFratus, who turned 23 on Oct. 21, has thrived since moving to the bullpen in 2009. At Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading last season, he saved 21 games, posting a 1.95 ERA with a stellar strikeout rate (9.8-per-nine) and walk rate (2.2 per-nine). That success has carried over in the Arizona Fall League, where thus far he has pitched five scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks (and one hit).

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