Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mujica granted release, other transactions

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Edward Mujica, image- Jay Floyd

The Phillies granted right-handed pitcher Edward Mujica his release on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Venezuelan sported a 0-3 record with a 3.69 ERA and an International League leading 23 saves in 36 outings for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. One day prior to his departure from the team, Mujica notched the save in the IL's 4-2 victory over the Pacific Coast League in Wednesday night's Triple-A All-Star Game.

In spring training with the Phillies this year, Mujica posted a 0-1 record with a 2.16 ERA in seven relief appearances. He struck out seven and walked two in 8 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League action.

Mujica was an All-Star closer for St. Louis in 2013. Having spent parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues, Mujica is a veteran that will surely find employment and very like a roster spot in the majors very soon.

Additionally, the team announced that righty pitcher Severino Gonzalez has been added to the IronPigs' roster following being optioned on the 10th. In 11 big league outings this season, the 23-year-old has a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA.

Elsewhere in the minors, left-hander Mario Hollands has been outrighted to Double-A Reading.

Battling back from Tommy John surgery, the 27-year-old has posted a 3.76 ERA with 25 strike outs and seven walks issues in 26 1/3 innings in 19 games at three levels of the minors since his return to action.

Also, righty starter John Richy was moved from Reading to the Class A Advanced Clearwater roster.  And lefty pitcher Adam Morgan was added to the IronPigs roster while left-hander Anthony Vasquez was assigned to Reading.

*UPDATED 1:30pm to include Morgan and Vasquez notes.*
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