Cesar Carrillo, a former first-round pick of the Padres, never got on track after 2007 Tommy John surgery. To clear 40-man roster space, the Phillies designated left-hander Nate Robertson for assignment.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies dump a guy who was pounded in his last outing for another. Carrillo, 26, surrendered five home runs in his final start with Triple-A Portland before he was put on waivers. The Pacific Coast League hasn't been kind to the once-promising right-hander. He finished 5-14 in 27 starts with a 5.60 ERA and 95/57 K/BB ratio. The University of Miami product once rated as the Padres' second-best prospect by Baseball America, but elbow and control problems have kept him from realizing his full potential. Before the surgery, his fastball routinely sat in the mid-90s and he was considered to be on the fast track; he was drafted in June of 2005 and would be pitching in Double-A later that season. But the high minors is where he would stay for the next five, making only three starts for the Padres in 2009. He couldn't make it out of the third inning in two of them. Carrillo, who throws fastball-curveball-changeup, was added to the 40-man and will become a fun reclamation project for next season.
To make room, the Phillies bid adieu to Robertson, whose brief time with the Phillies will be defined by making a 10-0 lead too close for comfort in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
Mathieson to DL: The Phils also placed right-hander Scott Mathieson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained latissimus dorsi, or in gym-rat terms, a strained lat.