The 29-year-old right-hander pitched in 36 games for the Braves last season, and started last night's game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
Bernero had been pitching for Kansas City’s Triple-A team, where he posted a 3.27 ERA, but became a free agent through a clause in his contract. He made 11 appearances, including seven starts.
Bernero was a former starting pitching prospect with the Detroit Tigers from 1999 to mid-2003, when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for catcher/outfielder Ben Petrick.
He has appeared in 134 career games with 34 starts to go 10-24 with a 5.91 ERA. The 6-5 hurler last started a game in 2004 with Colorado. For the Braves in 2005, Bernero went 4-3 with a 6.51 ERA in 36 relief appearances.
Bernero's signing figures to improve depth at the Triple-A level in case the Phillies recall one of their pitchers.