The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 30-year old lefty reliever James Russell for assignment. Russell pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 0-0 with a 18.69 ERA and a 3.23 WHIP. He gave up 9 hits (2 homers), 9 runs (all earned), walked 5 batters and he whiffed 4 batters in 4 1/3 innings for the Phillies, as he was hit hard. Russell has now pitched in 394 games (6 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 10-18 with 4 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Phillies have called up 31-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey to replace Russell in the pen. Bailey pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Bailey has pitched in 216 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 11-13 with 89 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2009 and he was an American League All-Star in 2009 and 2010. If Bailey is truly healthy, he will be a nice addition to the Phillies’ pen.
UPDATE: (4/22/2016) – The Philadelphia Phillies have outrighted James Russell to AAA. He will have a few days to decide to accept it or reject it and become a free agent.