Phillies release right-handed relief pitcher Casey Fien

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SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 16: Pete Mackanin #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies, left, takes the ball from Nick Pivetta #43 as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 16, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 16: Pete Mackanin #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies, left, takes the ball from Nick Pivetta #43 as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 16, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies have released right hander reliever Casey Fien from his contract. He was on a rehabilitation assignment with Clearwater.

Earlier Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced they’ve released Casey Fien from his contract, and now is a free agent. Fien, 33, was in his last year of his contract and would’ve became a free agent anyways.

Fien has been on the 60-day disabled list with a impingement in his right shoulder, and it would have required surgery. This season, Fien pitched in four games with the Phillies, all as a reliever out of the bullpen.

He has played in both Philadelphia and Seattle this year. In 10 appearances combined with the two teams, he posted a ERA of 12.75, a career high. In the four games he played with the Phillies, he is 0-1 with six innings pitched, 14 hits, and seven earned runs.

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Earlier this season, he was purchased by the Phillies from the Mariners. With the Mariners, he played in six games. He gave up nine hits and allowed 10 earned runs before being shipped to Philadelphia where he continued his struggles pitching.

At the time of his release, he started his rehabilitation assignment, recovering from the shoulder impingement injury.

He was sent on a rehab to High-A Clearwater in August and never was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

It’s unclear weather or not he wants to return to baseball, with a different team obviously. However, with his high earned run average, it’s unknown if another team will want to sign him, let alone to a major league contract.

If this is the end of his eight-year MLB career, he finishes with a record of 17-18, 4.42 ERA, 289 IP, and 142 earned runs. Regardless, he’ll still have to recover from his shoulder injury and that could take some time.

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In conclusion, it’s pretty clear Fien was not in the future plans with this team and he could’ve been a effective pitcher for us but he couldn’t control his stuff.

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