Last season, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs logged 166 transactions, just two short of the franchise record set in 2014. They're off to a quick start again this season with the Phillies releasing pitcher Ernesto Frieri and moving right-hander Reinier Roibal to the IronPigs from Double-A Reading.
Frieri was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent last December and battled for a spot in the big league clubhouse, but was instead sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to open the season. Frieri pitched in 22 games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, posting a 4.63 ERA and over parts of seven seasons, he's assembled an 11-13 record with 73 saves and a 3.55 ERA in the majors. Frieri saved a total of 60 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012-2013.
Roibal, who was in camp with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee, spent last season primarily in Reading, pitching in 25 games for the Fightins, but also pitched in six games for the Clearwater Threshers early in the season. He had a combined mark of 7-1 with an ERA of 1.64 in 31 games, 26 of which were in relief. Last season was a comeback for Roibal, who was released by the Giants organization in March of 2013 and didn't pitch in affiliated ball again until last season. he did pitch for San Juan in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2014 before being signed as a minor league free agent in January, 2015. Roibal opened the 2015 season on the DL with a stomach/viral infection, but was activated and assigned to Clearwater on April 18. Later in the season, Roibal was on the DL with a right groin strain for a stint in both June and July.
The 27-year old righty was born in Cuba and initially signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent in April, 2010.
Left-hander Jeremy Bleich, who was set to open the season in extended camp, was assigned to Reading to take Roibal's bullpen spot.
Reinier Roibal's career stats
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