The Phils claimed RHP Brian Schlitter, 25, off of waivers today from the Yankees. Schlitter was originally the Phillies 16th round pick in the 2007 draft and was traded away to Chicago in 2008 for Scott Eyre. Schlitter a big righty made his major league debut last year with the Cubs, appearing in 7 games, during which he allowed 11 runs in 8 innings. Appearing for AAA Iowa City last season, Schlitter was 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 37 games, saving 13. In 45.2 IP, Schlitter struck out 42 and walked 21. Notably, Schlitter was managed by new Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg last season in Iowa City. Schlitter was added to the 40 man roster and has two options remaining.
To make room on the 40 man roster, the Phils designated RHP Drew Carpenter for assignment. The Phils 2nd round pick in 2006, Carpenter had a cup of coffee with the Phils in both 2009 and 2010. Over the past two seasons, Carpenter made 52 starts for Lehigh Valley, going 19-17 with a 3.69 ERA. After coming out of SPring Training with the big club last season, Carpenter struggled to regain his form of 2009. While a solid starter in AAA throughout the year, Carpenter was passed over on a number of occasions for mid seasons call ups and was permanently passed over on the depth chart by Vance Worley.