Phillies release pitcher Dalier Hinojosa from minor league deal

Aug 1, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp (29) and relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa (94) celebrate a victory against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 12-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp (29) and relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa (94) celebrate a victory against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 12-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Hinojosa pitched in limited outings for the Phillies between injuries

Once believed to be a veteran piece of the Phillies bullpen going forward, Dalier Hinojosa never got a great opportunity with his new club.

The 31-year-old Cuban defector was notified by the club that they will release him from his minor league contract, making him a free agent.

Hinojosa was not on Philadelphia’s 40-man roster despite being with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

After defecting from Cuba in 2013, Hinojosa signed with the Red Sox, but made only one major league appearance.

Apr 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa (94) is tended to by the trainer after suffering an apparent wrist injury against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa (94) is tended to by the trainer after suffering an apparent wrist injury against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

Philadelphia claimed Hinojosa off waivers in the summer of 2015, where he was effective in the bullpen with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 0.78 in 18 appearances.

A shoulder injury landed Hinojosa on the disabled list, and prevented him from establishing himself as a major league pitcher. While returning in 2016 to Philadelphia, Hinojosa continued to show in 10 games.

Hinojosa previously pitched for Cuba in the Pan American games, winning a bronze medal for his country in 2011. Prior to that, he played for Indios de Guantánamo of the Cuban National Series from 2005 to 2012.

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Hinojosa will likely find another home in Major League Baseball, and if healthy could prove to be a valuable bullpen arm.

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