Phillies add Figueroa on waiver claim from Mets

Nelson Figueroa has been claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia

Phillies, who hope the right-hander can bolster an injury-depleted

bullpen.

The 35-year-old was designated for assignment by the New York

Mets on Monday. He was 3-8 with a 4.09 ERA in 16 games, including

10 starts, for the Mets last year.

With relievers Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero starting the season on

the disabled list, the Phillies are hoping that Figueroa can add

stability to the bullpen while pitching in long relief.

“He’s got good command and he knows how to pitch,” Phillies

manager Charlie Manuel said. “We wanted a guy who could build our

pitching up.”

Manuel expects Figueroa to report for Thursday’s game at

Washington. Philadelphia will make a roster move at that time for

the pitcher, who comes relatively cheaply with a $418,000

salary.

Figueroa, who has started 49 of 106 games in the big leagues,

also could be used as a spot starter.

“We don’t have a lot of options if guys get hurt,” Manuel

said. “We definitely need some inventory.”

Figueroa pitched for the Phillies in 2001 after he acquired from

Arizona in July 2000 for Curt Schilling. In seven seasons with

Arizona, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Mets, Figueroa

has gone 13-28 with a 4.54 ERA.