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The Phillies have not gotten much from their late-Spring acquisition of reliever James Norwood.   After 20 games, Norwood compiled an 8.31 ERA.  After Sunday's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phillies made a change.

The Phillies announced that Norwood was designated for assignment.  Norwood is out of minor league options.  Should the Phillies choose to assign him to Triple-A outright, he has the choice to accept or become a free agent.

Replacing him on the roster is pitcher Michael Kelly.  Kelly has yet to appear in a major league game at 29 years of age.  At Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he is 0-1 with a 5.00 earned run average.

The Phillies also announced that catcher Rafael Marchan has been activated from the 60-day injured list.  The Phillies then optioned Marchan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  The Phillies appear happy with backup catcher Garrett Stubbs; Marchan will get the bulk of playing time at Triple-A as prospect Logan O'Hoppe does the same at Double-A.

The Phillies 40-man roster is full at 40.


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About time! Drove me crazy every single time Norwood came into a game. I hope and pray he chooses the free agent route so we are done with him.

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