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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-08-08

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2008-08-08
It took months of searching, but the Phillies finally found another left-handed reliever.

The Phillies acquired veteran Scott Eyre from the Cubs on Thursday for minor league right-hander Brian Schlitter. Eyre had been designated for assignment by the Cubs on Tuesday.

Eyre, 36, fills the Phillies' need for a second lefty reliever behind J.C. Romero. They have been looking for another lefty for months and were unable to acquire one before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They expressed interest in Eyre as soon as he became available.

"He's a guy with a lot of experience," assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We feel he is healthy. And the fact that he's got experience and has had success in the past, we felt it was important. We were looking for a left-hander for a long time, and we think this left-hander can help us."

Eyre appeared in only 19 games for the Cubs, mainly because of injuries. He made two trips to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation and a strained groin. He was 2-0 with a 7.15 ERA despite not allowing a run in his first 14 appearances. He has allowed just three earned runs to National League teams.

In his last three appearances for the Cubs, Eyre allowed eight runs. The Phillies are not concerned about his recent troubles, which Amaro attributed to lack of use.

"He wasn't as effective the last few times out," Amaro said, "but we still think he's got enough bullets in that 36-year-old arm to be able to help us."

Eyre signed a three-year, $11 million contract before the 2006 season. He has roughly $1 million remaining on his contract.

The Phils will use Eyre to pitch in the middle and late innings and get big outs against left-handers. Lefties are batting .259 against him this season, .244 for his career.

Schiltter was 4-3 with six saves and a 2.22 ERA for Class A Clearwater. He was a 16th-round pick of the Phillies in the 2007 draft.

Eyre is expected to join the Phillies before Friday's game. The Phils will make a corresponding roster move at that time.

MARLINS 3, PHILLIES 0: Cole Hamels allowed two earned runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven, but he took a hard-luck loss in the rubber game of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The loss shaved the Phillies' first-place lead to 1 1/2 games over the hard-charging Marlins. The Mets are two games off the Phillies' pace. The Phillies didn't register a hit against Marlins rookie starter Chris Volstad until the fifth inning, when Hamels lined a two-out single to center field. The Phillies rank second in the NL in runs, but they have scored three or fewer runs in 39.5 percent of their games, going 9-36 during those games.

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