Todd Zolecki reported in his notebook that the Phillies claimed former Marlins relief pitcher Scott Nestor off waivers, and released reliever Francisco Rosario.
Nestor, 23, went 1-1 with a 7.44 ERA in 61.2 innings with AAA Albuquerque. The righty has been making a steady ascension to the majors, with an approximately 2:1 K:BB ratio and close to a hit per inning. He was originally offered to the Phillies in exchange for Wes Helms, but the Phils neglected, deciding not to pay $1.8M of Helms’ salary at the time.
Rosario spent 26.1 innings with the Phillies in 2007, scoring a 5.47 ERA as part of a revolving bullpen. He spent all of 2008 on the disabled list. Nestor took Rosario’s place on the 40-man roster and will likely join the Florida Instructional League.