With seven relievers on the IL, the Phillies have been searching for some fresh arms to add to the mix. On Thursday, they signed right-handers John Curtiss and Fernando Salas to minor league contracts. Both players were assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Curtiss opened the season with Triple-A Salt Lake and was recalled by the Angels in Mid-April. He pitched in one game, covering 2 1/3 innings with the Angels and was designated for assignment and outrighted back to Salt Lake. He was again recalled and again outrighted and elected to choose free agency rather than report to Salt Lake City. In his short stint with the Angels, Curtiss had a 3.86 ERA and posted a 5.91 ERA in 13 games at Salt Lake.
The Phillies signed Salas out of the Mexican League where he was pitching for the Aceroras de Monclova. In 27 games, Salas posted a 4.71 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 27 innings. The 34-year old has pitched in 493 major league games with the Angels, Cardinals, Mets and Diamondbacks, posting a 3.91 ERA and a 25-28 record with 30 saves. His best season came in 2011 when he went 5-6 with a 2.28 ERA and recorded 24 saves for St. Louis.
In addition to Curtiss and Salas, Lehigh Valley also added Austin Davis, who was optioned back to the IronPigs. Starting pitcher Ramon Rosso was promoted from Double-A Reading. The 23-year old was brought up to start Thursday night’s game against Gwinnett. With the Fightins this season, Rosso was 3-2, 3.15 in 10 starts. Also on Thursday, Lehigh Valley placed relievers Josh Martin (blister) and Tom Windle (turf toe) and catcher/first baseman Matt McBride (left thigh contusion) on the 10-day IL.