The next time that Casey Fien steps on to a major league pitching mound, he will be making his 300th career appearance. It's likely that his milestone will come in a Phillies uniform after the well-traveled right-hander was acquired from the Seattle Mariners Tuesday prior to the two teams squaring off on the field. The Mariners had outrighted Fien to Triple-A Tacoma last Thursday.
The 33-year old Fien has actually been designated for assignment and outrighted off the Seattle 40-man roster twice this season. In six innings of relief work with the Mariners, he allowed 10 earned runs on nine hits and four walks. Three of the nine hits that he surrendered were home runs. Fien has had a somewhat inconsistent career after breaking into the majors with Detroit in 2009. Last season, he pitched for the Dodgers and Twins, with a combined 1-1, 5.49 mark between the two teams. He also struggled early in his career with Detroit, going 0-1 with an 8.36 ERA in 11 relief appearances over two seasons. Fien seemed to find himself with the Twins, where he pitched for all or part of five seasons, with an ERA of 3.79, serving as a middle innings reliever. Of his numbers last season, he struggled with Minnesota, but then rebounded to go 0-1, 4.21 with Los Angeles.
Reports are that Fien's velocity has been down this season, but he has a career-low 66.7 contact rate this season even while surrendering a high percentage of hits and home runs.
The Phillies reported that Fien, who has three days to report to the Phillies, will be assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies will have to make a move with the IronPigs roster at that point, but they did not have to make a roster move to acquire Fien since he isn't on the 40-man roster.