The Phillies have designated 26-year old lefty reliever Sergio Escalona for assignment to make room on the roster for J.C. Romero. Escalona pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 4-8 with 10 saves, a 3.81 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. His only major league experience came in 2009 with the Phillies and he worked in 14 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-0 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. I will be surprised if he gets through waivers because he is a decent lefty.
UPDATE: (1/10/2011) - The Phillies have dealt Sergio Escalona to the Houston Astros for 23-year old righty swinging 2B Albert Cartwright. Cartwright played in 127 games in A+AA-ball last season and he was 145 of 494 (.294 avg, .827 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 10 homers, 55 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Cartwright has now played in 284 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 275 of 1,012 (.272 avg, .773 OPS) with 182 runs scored, 20 homers, 112 RBIs and 71 stolen bases. The Phillies were smart to deal Escalona because I don’t think he would have cleared waivers.