Jan 092011
Phillies reliever Sergio Escalona

Phillies reliever Sergio Escalona

By Justin Adkins:

When the Phillies re-signed reliever JC Romero to a 1-year, $1.35 million contract, they needed to make a corresponding subtraction from the existing 40-man roster.

They have now done so.

To make room for Romero, the Phillies have designated left-handed reliever Sergio Escalona for assignment.

Escalona first played for the big club in ’09, putting up a 4.61 ERA in 19 games.  The 26 year old did not impress in 2010 spring training, and was sent to double-A Reading.  There, he posted a 3.81 ERA, allowing only 46 hits and striking out 53 in 54 and 1/3 innings.

Designating him for assignment means the Phillies have 10 days to decide on his future.  They can waive him, allowing other teams to claim him and his contract, they can trade him, or they can grant him his outright release.  If he is waived and unclaimed, it’s possible the Philles could re-assign him back to the minors.

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