Two days into camp and the Phillies have already made their first move, claiming former farmhand Brian Schlitter, 25, off waivers from the Yankees and adding him to the 40-man roster. Meanwhile, Andrew Carpenter awaits his next assignment.
Schlitter spent most of 2010 with Triple-A Iowa (Cubs) and was 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 13 saves in 37 games (45 2-3 IP), earning a pair of brief but unsuccessful promotions to the Cubs midway through the season (12.38 ERA). Schlitter, who was the Phillies 16th pick in the 2007 draft, was pitching with Class-A Clearwater when he was traded to the Cubs for Scott Eyre in '08 when the Phils decided it was time to Schlitter get off the pot with adding LHP help (hat tip to clout, who said this back in 2008).
Carpenter, a former second-round pick who appeared in five games over three years with the Phils, is your classic tweener who will benefit from getting out from under the Phillies’ pitching logjam. In parts of three seasons at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he was 19-18 with a 3.67 ERA. If the Phillies do not retain him, the 25-year-old right-hander should land on his feet somewhere and could even sneak onto roster this spring. It seems like the Phillies are doing Carpenter a favor here. He had virtually no chance of helping them. Schlitter, a reliever with a pair of options, will be more useful, but is likely headed to Lehigh Valley.