Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Nelson Figueroa returns to the Phillies

The Phillies have added a name from their past today, claiming pitcher Nelson Figueroa off waivers from the Mets. Figueroa, who played for the Phils back in 2001, figures to be added immediately to the major league roster, likely to be replacing Andrew Carpenter.

In his seven seasons in the majors, Figueroa, 35, has split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen. With the Phillies, he figures to be a long relief guy who will get inconsistent work at best. He got a lot of innings over the last two years with the Mets due to their injuries but I would only count on him to pitch in games that are basically already decided. What happens to Figueroa when Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero are healthy again is anyone's guess.

The Phillies needed another veteran arm in the bullpen and Figueroa fits that bill. He won't blow anyone away with his pitching numbers but he can give a quality inning or two when needed. Definitely another low-risk, medium reward move by Ruben Amaro.

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