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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Phillies designate former No. 1 pick for assignment

By Jack McCaffery
PHILADELPHIA >> Continuing to remodel their pitching staff, the Phillies Friday claimed left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Angels organization.
LaFromboise had been claimed by the Angels, the former organization of new Phillies' general manager Matt Klentak, in December, after pitching parts of three seasons in the major leagues with Seattle and Pittsburgh.
To make roster room for LaFromboise, the Phillies designated their 2010 first-round draft choice Jesse Biddle for assignment.
LaFromboise, 29, appeared in 11 games for the Pirates last season, eight innings overall, registering an ERA of 1.13. In 2014, he pitched in 3.2 innings over six games for the Bucs, allowing one earned run. With the Mariners in 2013, he was 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA in 10 games.
He was an eighth-round Seattle draft choice in 2008.
Biddle, who was raised in Philadelphia and attended Germantown Friends School, required Tommy John surgery in 2015. He had not been expected to pitch this season. The Phillies have 10 days to be moved elsewhere or be outright assigned to the minor leagues.
Biddle is 40-45 with a 3.82 ERA in six minor-league seasons.


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