The Phillies continued to trim from their 40-man roster Monday by removing inconsistent reliever B.J. Rosenberg. The 29-year-old righthander cleared waivers and was outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Rosenberg can elect free agency.
He appeared in just 13 games last season for the Phillies with a 6.75 ERA. Rosenberg entered the season as a trusted reliever in Ryne Sandberg's bullpen because of a strong finish to 2013, but he never duplicated that success. He did not pitch well in the minors, either, and suffered a hip injury that limited him.
The Phillies have 38 players on their 40-man roster, and that number will drop to 35 next week when Mike Adams, Kyle Kendrick and Wil Nieves are granted free agency.
Nefi Ogando, a hard-throwing righthanded reliever, could replace Rosenberg on the 40-man roster. Ogando, 25, was named Monday to the Arizona Fall League all-star game; he has a 2.08 ERA in seven outings at the prospect showcase league. He is eligible for selection in this December's Rule 5 draft.
He was acquired from Boston in a 2013 trade for John McDonald.