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Phillies release 12: Veteran outfielder Brad Wilkerson, 32, and one-time relief prospect Joe Bisenius, 27, were among the Phillies' noteworthy cuts today, according to reports. Wilkerson came out of 2009 retirement for one last shot, while Bisenius, who was a fixture on the Phillies' 40-man roster for several seasons, has been in a downward spiral for two years. As you recall, Bisenius was said to wield a "hammer curve." Beerleaguer is working to retrieve the other 10 names.
Update: Here are the other 10 cuts, relayed via Todd Zolecki: LHP Spencer Arroyo, RHP Freddy Ballestas, RHP Ryan Bergh, LHP Sean Grieve, RHP Rick Guttormson, INF Jeremy Hamilton, RHP Jordan Meaker, OF Gus Milner, OF Arlon Quiroz and RHP Todd Van Steensel.
Guttormson is a great example of the widening talent gap between the Major Leagues and international ball. (Has anyone else noticed how the well seems to have run dry internationally?) The right-hander helped lead the KIA Tigers to the Korean League title in 2009 as part of a dominant 1-2 punch shared by another former Phillie, Aquilino Lopez. Grieve is worth mentioning since he's a local guy. Gus Milner, a veteran, was a solid cog for the R-Phils last season.