The Phillies released left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis on Friday morning, according to CSNPhilly.com. [Link]
Beerleaguer: The D-Train has left the station. Next stop: Camden. The 30-year-old left-hander, who was signed to a non-guaranteed contract, was trying to win a spot in the Phillies' bullpen as a second left-hander, but the erratic control that derailed his career for the last four seasons was as prevalent as ever. From the report, Willis limited lefties to a .127 average in three appearances, but gave up five runs in just 2.2 innings. He pitched Thursday, gave up a lead-off walk but worked out of trouble. Nevertheless, it was clear to anyone who watched him this spring that he couldn't help this bullpen.
Meanwhile, the Phillies will continue to test the remaining lefties, including Raul Valdes, David Purcey, Jeremy Horst, Joe Savery and rising young left-hander Jake Diekman, who has seven strikeouts in three innings. Savery and Diekman are part of the 40-man roster. All have pitched effectively.