Phillies release Eaton; Today's line-up

The Phillies have released righthander Adam Eaton, ending a disappointing two-year tenure with the Phillies.

The team had been attempting to move the righthander to a team willing to assume a small portion of his $8.5 million salary, but with the writing on the wall in Philadelphia, the Phillies found no takers. Instead, a team can now claim Eaton off of waivers for the veteran minimum of $400,000. The Phillies will be responsible for paying the rest of his salary, plus a $500,000 buyout of a mutual option for next season.

 Eaton went 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA in 51 games, 49 of them starts, after signing a three-year, $24.5 million contract with the Phillies prior to the 2007 season.


Another beautiful day in Sarasota. Jason Donald will get this third straight start, the second straight at third base. Donald is 0-for-4 with a walk in his first two starts. He made two plays at third base yesterday, including one on ball that took a short hop.

Among the early top performers at the plate: OF John Mayberry (2-for-5, RS, RBI), 3B Greg Dobbs (2-for-5, RBI), SS Jimmy Rollins (2-for-5, RS, RBI) and OF Jeremy Slayden (2-for-3, 2B, RS).

Righthander Andrew Carpenter, a prospect who pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the Phillies last August, will start today.

Here are the line-ups:

Phillies (Pitching: RHP Andrew Carpenter):

  1. CF Shane Victorino
  2. 3B Jason Donald
  3. LF Raul Ibanez
  4. DH Matt Stairs
  5. 1B Greg Dobbs
  6. RF Geoff Jenkins
  7. 2B Pablo Ozuna
  8. SS Ozzie Chavez
  9. C Lou Marson

Reds (Pitching: RHP Bronson Arroyo):

  1. CF Willy Taveras
  2. SS Jerry Hairston Jr.
  3. 1B Joey Votto
  4. 3B Juan Francisco
  5. RF Jonny Gomes
  6. LF Carl Dickerson
  7. 2B Jeff Keppinger
  8. C Ramon Hernandez
  9. DH Wes Bankston