CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Add another name to the bullpen mix. The Phillies claimed righthander Brian Schlitter off waivers from the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
To make room for the 25-year-old Schlitter, the team designated righthander Andrew Carpenter for assignment. Carpenter, who is in big-league camp, must now leave. He could remain in the organization if he clears waivers or the Phillies do not trade him.
For Schlitter, it's his own Cliff Lee moment. The Phillies traded Schlitter for Scott Eyre in 2008. Now the prodigal son returns. Sort of.
Schlitter pitched in seven major-league games for the Cubs in 2010 and had a 12.38 ERA. The Yankees picked him up off waivers in January and released him earlier this week. In 37 triple-A games, Schlitter had a 3.15 ERA.
Carpenter is the odd man out and it's the latest blow for a 2006 second-round pick who has yet to live up to that status. The 25-year-old has appeared in five games with the Phillies over the past three seasons, making one start in 2009. He was on the opening day roster in 2010.
At triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2010, Carpenter had a 4.05 ERA, struck out 116 and walked 54. He allowed 152 hits in 151 innings. He was a decided long shot to make the team this spring.