Schlitter Returns; Carpenter Gets DFA

In August of 2008 the Phillies sent pitching prospect Brian Schlitter to the Cubs to add reliever Scott Eyre. Looking back, the deal worked well; Eyre became a steady part of the bullpen and helped the Phillies into the post-season and eventually to a World Series championship. He returned in 2009 and gave the Phillies another strong campaign out of their bullpen in his last major league season.

Meanwhile, Brian Schlitter spent all of 2009 at Double-A Tennessee, posting a 4.38 ERA with 22 saves and then moved up to Triple-A Iowa in 2010, posting a 3.15 ERA with another 13 saves for a team managed by Ryne Sandberg, who could well manage Schlitter again at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. Schlitter also made his major league debut in 2010, getting a rude introduction in seven games, resulting in an ERA of 12.38 with the Cubs.

Over the winter, the 25 year-old right-hander wound up on the waiver wire and was grabbed by the New York Yankees, just about one month ago. Now, for the second time this winter, Schlitter was on waivers and this time, his old club, the Phillies, didn't wait to grab him.

With their 40 man roster full, the Phillies have designated once highly regarded pitching prospect Andrew Carpenter for assignment.

Carpenter has gone 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA in five games - one start - with the Phillies over the past three seasons. In the minors, Carpenter - the Phillies second round pick in the 2006 Draft - has gone 19-18 with a 3.67 ERA over the past three seasons at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Earlier this off-season, Phillies assistant GM Benny Looper admitted that the Phillies probably erred when they added Carpenter to the opening day roster to fill the spot of the injured Joe Blanton.

"We probably put Andrew in a tough spot when we gave him a little bit ofa major-league tast and then sent him back," Looper told Jeff Schuler of the Morning Call. "I haven't talked to him personally but mentally, that's got to be pretty hard on a player."

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