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Phillies claim right-hander Jerome Williams from Rangers, expected to start him Tuesday

Aug 10, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams this season, but the veteran righthander has found a new home with the pitching-starved Phillies.

On Sunday, they claimed Williams off waivers from Texas. The 32-year-old Hawaiian is expected to start Tuesday against one of his other former teams, the Los Angeles Angels.

That’s the rotation spot that belonged to Roberto Hernandez, who was traded to the Dodgers last week. Sean O’Sullivan filled in Thursday but the Phillies designated him for assignment on Sunday afternoon to clear the roster spot that Williams now occupies.

Williams has posted rough 6.71 ERA in 57 2/3 innings this season between the Astros and Rangers.

  1. drewzducks - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    And that folks is why RA is a genius.

  2. bleedgreen - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Can’t be worse than Kendrick, can he?

  3. tuberippin - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Well, this is a new low, but at this point it’s a sunk season anyway. Screw it, let him get torched for a couple of starts.

  4. insidefastball - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Past his prime/never really had a prime. He fits right in with RAJ’s master plan.

  5. thehobbit7 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    Must do owners for the confidence of Phillies’ minor league pitchers… “Hey! Let’s acquire the worst pitcher in baseball and give him a couple of starts rather than bring up any of our minor league pitchers.”

    freakin’ brilliant.

  6. kahunanc - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Only Amaro can trade a pitcher who was effective and replace him with one of the worst pitchers in baseball. Might as well audition from the stands. 300 Monty and Ruin. A match for all ages.

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