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Brett Oberholtzer claimed by Angels

That sounds a lot worse than it is.

Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Acquired from the Astros in the massive Ken Giles trade—one that, looking back over the amount of players the Phillies got for their closer still makes me go “guh”—Brett Oberholtzer’s narrative was simple. A Delaware native, he grew up a huge Phillies and Eagles fan, so naturally, the stories on him this past January were all about a local kid coming home. CSN Philly called him a “Philly-style grinder.”

Sadly, the 27-year-old southpaw’s time with his hometown team is coming to an unceremonious end. The Phillies popped him off the roster with a designation for assignment three days ago, unsatisfied with his 4.83 ERA through 26 appearances, mostly in a long relief role.

Yes, now Oberholtzer will be heading even further from his native land to the sunny, sandy hell of Southern California.

Oberholtzer could never quite get it together in Philadelphia, allowing at least one hit in all but four of his 26 relief appearances. April was especially brutal, when he gave up six home runs in four games (and three in one), as well as seven walks and 11 earned runs. His most recent appearances have not been too tumultuous, throwing four innings in his last three games, only allowing two hits and no runs. However, his current ERA of 4.83 is the lowest it’s been since April 7.

Best of luck to Obie, who it was said by Scott Franzke was a real conversation-starter in the bullpen, always asking guys how they were and what they were up to. His biggest contribution to the Phillies may have been a home run.

But, uh; not one hit by him.