The 26-year-old left-hander becomes a roster casualtiy, clipped from the 40-man to clear room for the newly re-signed J.C. Romero.
Beerleaguer: Escalona shot up the ranks as a darkhorse bullpen candidate in spring of 2009 despite pitching in only a limited number of games above A-ball. Turns out, he was in the right place at the right time. He ended up appearing in 14 games for the lefty-needy Phillies that season (1-0, 4.61 ERA, 10/5 K/BB), taking the "Escalona Express" back and forth to Allentown six times. He appeared to have all the makings of a serviceable, low-leverage lefty, armed with a sneaky fastball and decent curve, and stepped into 2010 locked in a head-to-head battle with live-armed lefty Antonio Bastardo for the second lefty slot. Then his career to a sharp dive. He struggled with his cotrol in winter ball and fell out of the running before pitchers and catchers ever reported. He was assigned to Reading for the entire season, where he was pedestrian at best (4-8, 3.81 ERA, 53/22 K/BB, 54 1-3 innings). He's been even worse this winter in the Venezuelan Winter League, although he's been better lately. At 26, he picked a bad time fade into the background and was no longer considered a serious candidate to break back into the bigs. He'll land on his feet somewhere and could even get a chance to make someone's bullpen as a non-roster invitee.