Closer Brad Lidge has rejoined the Phillies after spending 20 days on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
To make room, right-hander Nelson Figueroa, 36, was designated for assignment. He would need to clear waivers and accept his minor league assignment in order to stay with the club. Figgy pitched sparingly as a mop-up man and once as an emergency starter, going 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA (88 ERA+), allowing runs in most of his appearances and averaging less than four strikeouts per nine innings. The move suggests they're satisfied with what they've seen from lefty Antonio Bastardo in his second tour with the club. David Herndon has also cemented a place in the bullpen, pitching two scoreless innings yesterday.
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