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Zagurski latest addition; Mayberry likely to be the final one

Mike Zagurski became the latest minor-league addition to the Phillies' roster Monday morning and he will be the final pitcher recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Zagurski latest addition; Mayberry likely to be the final one

Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. could join the Phillies on Tuesday. (David Swanson/Staff file photo)
Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. could join the Phillies on Tuesday. (David Swanson/Staff file photo)

Mike Zagurski became the latest minor-league addition to the Phillies' roster Monday morning and he will be the final pitcher recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

With the Phillies' 40-man roster full, it appears as if the only remaining move will be the addition of IronPigs outfielder John Mayberry. Lehigh Valley's season ends with a Labor Day afternoon game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, so look for Mayberry to join the Phillies in time for Tuesday's game against the Florida Marlins.

Infielder Cody Ransom, who played in 22 games for the Phillies earlier this year, will probably not be added to the expanded September roster because there is no room for him on the 40-man roster. 

Zagurski, 27, finished strong at Lehigh Valley, posting a 1.29 ERA in his final 13 games. Overall, he finished the year with a 2-3 record, three saves and a 3.27 ERA  in his first full season at the triple-A level.

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"I was pleased with it," Zagurski said. "I started out a little slow. I made a few mechanical changes and it took a little longer than I hoped to get adjusted to it. I had a little rough patch in the middle there where I wasn't throwing a lot of quality strikes. But for the most part I think my breaking ball got quite a bit better and my fastball command was pretty solid all year."

With the Phillies unlikely to pick up the $4.5 million option on lefthander J.C. Romero's contract this offseason, Zagurski and fellow lefty Antonio Bastardo could both be competing for jobs in the Phillies' bullpen next year in spring training.

"That's approaching us, but I'm not really concerned with that yet," Zagurski said. "I'm coming here right now to hopefully pitch and show them what I'm capable of. I want them to know I can help up here and then come next spring training maybe I'll get an opportunity to make the team and take it from there." 

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