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Ramirez Designated For Assignment

In order to clear space on their 40-man roster, following the signing of free agent pitcher Chad Durbin this week, the Phillies designated righty hurler J.C. Ramirez for assignment. The 24-year-old was originally acquired by the Phillies in the December, 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle.

The Nicaragua native showed some promise at times, but had not been consistent in the Phillies organization, tallying a 21-22 record along with a 4.53 ERA over 95 appearances at three levels. Additionally, Ramirez struggled this off-season, producing a 12.38 ERA in 12 relief outings with La Guaira of the Venezuelan League.

During the 2012 season, Ramirez had been moved from the bullpen, after serving as a starter with Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading over the previous two seasons.

Ramirez, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, long wanted to prove his worth to Phillies fans, after the organization had dealt away a prominent star in a trade to acquire him along with pitcher Phillippe Aumont and outfielder Tyson Gillies. Now, he may be on his way to another organization, never having fulfilled that lofty goal.

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