Major news to report this Friday as the Phillies have pulled the plug on veteran reliever Danys Baez in order to make room for Brad Lidge, whose long rehab has ended. The club announced they had designated the 33-year-old right-hander for assignment via Twitter.
The Phillies have 10 days to ponder their next move with Baez, who could be traded, offered a minor league gig or be given his outright release. If Baez has pitched his last game with the Phils, he'll finish as one of the biggest busts of the last few seasons. In 80 appearances, almost none of them with the game on the line, Baez fumbled to a 5-8 mark and 5.81 ERA, never once earning a spot save, which was one of the big reasons the Phils brought him aboard on a two-year tour. He was 2-4 with a 6.25 ERA in 36 innings this season, his best outing occurring when he bridged the gap with five-shutout inning to Wilson Valdez in a 19-inning win over the Reds.
Meanwhile, Lidge will see his first action following a bounce-back 2010, earning 27 saves with a 2.96 ERA in 50 appearances. It's unclear what role he'll immediately fill as Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson have both nailed down the ninth inning.