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Daniel Stumpf returned to the Kansas City Royals after clearing waivers on Monday.

After being designated for assignment on Friday, Daniel Stumpf made his way through waivers without being claimed by another club. Because he was a Rule 5 pick, the Royals had the opportunity to take him back, which they did on Monday.

Daniel Stumpf had a rough tenure with the Phillies. After pitching in just three games and posting a 40.50 ERA, Stumpf was suspended by Major League Baseball for a failed PED test. When he returned from the suspension, things didn't exactly go much better and after just four more games with a 6.23 ERA in those outings, the Phillies designated Stumpf for assignment last Friday.

Since he was a Rule 5 pick, Stumpf had to clear waivers and be offered back to his original team, the Kansas City Royals, before the Phillies could outright him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Stumpf cleared waivers, but the Royals chose to take him back and add him to their Triple-A team, the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Overall, Stumpf will end his Phillies tenure with a mark of no decisions and a 10.80 ERA. In seven games, he pitched five innings, gave up nine hits and two walks, which led to six earned runs. He struck out two batters.

The Phillies had hoped that Stumpf could be another left-handed option out of the bullpen, but he never got any traction with the big league club.

Stumpf was replaced on the Phillies roster by Severino Gonzalez last Friday.

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