Phils Add Seanez To Shaky Bullpen

The Phillies have been searching for pitching help and came up with 39 year old Rudy Seanez, who was cut loose by the Dodgers last week. The right-hander should be in town for Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

One day after a collective meltdown, the Phillies bullpen is getting another arm. Rudy Seanez, who pitched for the Dodgers last season, will be officially signed after passing a physical. The move will be announced later, along with a corresponding roster move to clear a spot on the 25 man roster for Seanez.

Entering his 16th season in the majors, Seanez was released by the Dodgers last week after posting a 6-3 mark with a 3.79 ERA last season in Los Angeles. Seanez holds a career ERA of 4.15.

The Phillies bullpen was tagged for seven earned runs in four innings in an 11-6 loss to Washington on Monday. General manager Pat Gillick has been searching to add arms, primarily a left-hander, but could only find the right-handed Seanez; for now.

It's likely that either Wes Helms or pitcher Tim Lahey will be moved to make room for Seanez on the roster. The other will probably only last until Brad Lidge is activated from the DL, which is expected to happen on Saturday. The Phillies have tried, without luck, to deal Helms since signing Pedro Feliz as a free agent. Lahey is a Rule 5 player who must stay on the roster all season, or the Phillies risk losing him.

After his physical, Seanez will be officially signed and should be on the roster for Wednesday night's game against the Washington Nationals.

Rudy Seanez' stats

2007 Dodgers 6 3 3.79 1 73 0 76.0 78 33 32 10 27 73 1.38 .266
Career 36 26 4.15 12 502 0 522.2 477 261 241 56 260 544 1.41 .241

Rudy Seanez career stops: Cleveland (1989-1991), San Diego (1993), LA Dodgers (1994-1996), Atlanta (1998-2001), Texas (2002), Boston (2003), Kansas City and Florida (2004), San Diego (2005-2006), Boston (2006), LA Dodgers (2007), Philadelphia (2008)

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