2012 Spring Training

Phillies Release Joel Pineiro

Joel Pineiro. (mlb)

So much for the depth Joel Pineiro would bring to the Phillies pitching staff at the minor league level. According to the Phillies communications department twitter page, they have released the 33-year-old right-hander just before he was scheduled to pitch today.

Many had asked about Pineiro perhaps having an outside shot at making the team, which was never a reality. However, he could have provided the Phils a decent option at Triple-A. He is now gone, and the Phillies continue to go younger, just as they did when they decided Dontrelle Willis was not a fit.

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