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Joely Rodriguez has been outrighted to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, clearing another spot on the Phillies 40-man roster

Joely Rodriguez struggled through his first season in the Phillies organization and is paying the price now for his struggles. The Phillies removed the left-hander from their 40-man roster by outrighting him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Almost exactly one year ago today, the Phillies and Pirates swapped left-handers, with Antonio Bastardo joining the Pirates and Joely Rodriguez coming to the Phillies organization. Bastardo responded well, going 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 66 relief appearances for Pittsburgh, while Rodriguez spent the entire season in the minors, struggling at both the Double-A and Triple-A levels, posting a combined mark of 7-10, 6.12 in 32 games, 21 of which were starts.

Rodriguez had an especially tough end to the season with Reading. His ERA ballooned to 11.05 on July 5th, but he was able to lower it to a respectable 4.47 with a seven-inning outing against New Hampshire, allowing just one earned run on August 17th. From there, things went from bad to worse and Rodriguez allowed 18 earned runs over his final 16 2/3 innings of work - a 9.72 ERA - to push his season ERA with the Fightin' Phils to 5.90 in 19 games, including eight starts.

Now, with the Phillies wanting extra space to manuever ahead of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, they have outrighted Rodriguez to Lehigh Valley, leaving their 40-man roster at 37 players.

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