The Phillies have released 36-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Coste. Coste played in 45 games for the Phillies this season and he was 25 for 102 (.245 avg, .724 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. The Phillies have decided to go with Paul Bako as Carlos Ruiz’ backup the rest of the season. Coste played in 256 games in his four years with the Phillies and he was 198 for 703 (.282 avg, .779 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 23 homers and 98 RBIs. Coste was quickly claimed off waivers by the Astros.