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Phillies Claim Reliever Nestor, Drop Rosario

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.

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