The Phillies had two Rule 5 pitchers on their roster when spring training started, but neither of them made the 25 man roster. Now, they've added another Rule 5 pitcher, Tim Lahey, who the Cubs had taken from the Minnesota Twins. The Cubs opted to not keep Lahey and placed him on waivers, clearing the way for the Phillies to claim him. The Phillies will still be required to keep him on the 25 man roster in order to keep from losing him.
Lahey was not the only move made by the Phillies on Friday.
Veteran infielder Chris Woodward signed a minor league deal with the Phillies. Shortstop Ray Olmedo and outfielder Chris Snelling were outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With the addition of Lahey, the Phillies also outrighted J.D. Durbin to Lehigh Valley.
Lahey pitched in 11 games for the Cubs this spring. He was originally a catcher, but was converted to pitching after his first pro season in the Twins organization, which was in 2004. The 6'5", 250 pound Lahey pitched at Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester, going a combined 8-4 with 14 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 52 games in 2007.
Woodward was in camp with the New York Yankees after spending the 2007 season in Atlanta. Prior to playing for the Braves, Woodward played for the Mets and Toronto Blue Jays. The versatile player, who has played every position except pitcher and catcher, is a career .243 hitter.