As the Phillies roll deeper into their off-season, the organization has taken to clearing room on their 40-man roster.
On Thursday, the team announced that infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steven Lerud were outrighted to Triple-A. The 33-year-old Orr batted .315 in 35 games with the Phillies in 2012, but played the majority of his season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Lerud, a 28-year-old who was signed as a minor league free agent last off-season, sported a .200 average in three big league games after being called up in August.
Additionally, righty hurler Tyson Brummett, who made his big league debut on the final day of the regular season, was claimed off waivers by Toronto on Thursday. Brummett was a 7th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2007 out of UCLA. The 28-year-old will likely serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays in 2013.
The Phillies’ roster now stands at 37 players, along with four players on the 60-day disabled list. Teams must add any eligible players to their 40-man roster by November 20th to protect them from December’s Rule 5 draft.
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