Phillies designate Ryan Franklin for assignment

Updated: July 30, 2006, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Franklin was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, ending a disappointing stint where the right-hander never adjusted to his new role in the bullpen.

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Franklin was 1-5 with 4.58 ERA and had allowed 10 home runs in 53 innings. Franklin pitched all 46 games in relief after spending the last three seasons as a starter with Seattle.

"They signed me to be a starter," Franklin said. "I did nothing in spring training to show them I couldn't start. I gave them a lot of innings in spring training."

The seven-year veteran started 94 games in his last three seasons with the Mariners, with his best season coming in 2003 when he went 11-13 with a 3.57 ERA. Franklin signed a $2.6 million, one-year contract with the Phillies in January and expected to earn a spot in the rotation.

Instead, manager Charlie Manuel surprised Franklin in spring training and put him in the bullpen. Franklin never got comfortable as a reliever and said he wants to go somewhere where he can start.

"I think it was the wrong move on their part," Franklin said. "They didn't see it that way."

The move was greatly overshadowed later in the day after the Phillies traded All-Star right fielder Bobby Abreu and starting pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees for four minor league prospects.

The Phillies get left-hander Matt Smith and Class A shortstop C.J. Henry -- a first-round draft pick in 2005. They also landed rookie league catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios.

Outfielder Michael Bourn and right-hander Scott Mathieson were recalled from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to fill the roster spots.

The Phillies also activated Randy Wolf, sidelined with ligament reconstructive surgery since last July, off the disabled list and started him against Florida in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Wolf allowed three runs and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings in his first start since June 11, 2005. He didn't get a decision in Philadelphia's 11-5 win over the Marlins.

Manuel did give Franklin an opportunity to make a spot start earlier this month in a series against Toronto, but he declined because it would only be one start.

"I was very open and honest in spring training with him about the bullpen," Manuel said.

The Phillies have 10 days to trade, release or send Franklin outright to the minors.

"We thought at some point he'd be able to adjust," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "At times he threw well, other times not as well."

Amaro said the Phillies are trying to trade Franklin.

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