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Phillies designate Ryan Franklin for assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Franklin was designated for assignment
by the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, ending a disappointing
stint where the right-hander never adjusted to his new role in the
bullpen.

Franklin was 1-5 with 4.58 ERA and had allowed 10 home runs in 53 innings.
Franklin pitched all 46 games in relief after spending the last
three seasons as a starter with Seattle.

"They signed me to be a starter," Franklin said. "I did
nothing in spring training to show them I couldn't start. I gave
them a lot of innings in spring training."

The seven-year veteran started 94 games in his last three
seasons with the Mariners, with his best season coming in 2003 when
he went 11-13 with a 3.57 ERA. Franklin signed a $2.6 million,
one-year contract with the Phillies in January and expected to earn
a spot in the rotation.

Instead, manager Charlie Manuel surprised Franklin in spring
training and put him in the bullpen. Franklin never got comfortable
as a reliever and said he wants to go somewhere where he can start.

"I think it was the wrong move on their part," Franklin said.
"They didn't see it that way."

The move was greatly overshadowed later in the day after the
Phillies traded All-Star right fielder Bobby Abreu and starting
pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees for four minor league prospects.

The Phillies get left-hander Matt Smith and Class A shortstop
C.J. Henry -- a first-round draft pick in 2005. They also landed
rookie league catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos
Monasterios.

Outfielder Michael Bourn and right-hander Scott Mathieson were
recalled from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to fill the roster
spots.

The Phillies also activated Randy Wolf, sidelined with ligament
reconstructive surgery since last July, off the disabled list and
started him against Florida in the first game of Sunday's
doubleheader.

Wolf allowed three runs and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings in
his first start since June 11, 2005. He didn't get a decision in
Philadelphia's 11-5 win over the Marlins.

Manuel did give Franklin an opportunity to make a spot start
earlier this month in a series against Toronto, but he declined
because it would only be one start.

"I was very open and honest in spring training with him about
the bullpen," Manuel said.

The Phillies have 10 days to trade, release or send Franklin
outright to the minors.

"We thought at some point he'd be able to adjust," assistant
general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "At times he threw well,
other times not as well."

Amaro said the Phillies are trying to trade Franklin.