The Phillies on Tuesday afternoon traded left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Rodriguez, 25, was designated for assignment last Tuesday. The Phillies had 10 days to either trade, release, outright him to the minor leagues or keep him on the 40-man roster.
After earning a spot in the Phillies' bullpen as a left-handed specialist, Rodriguez struggled in that role. He allowed 31 of the 65 left-handed hitters he faced to reach base and was 1-2 with a 6.33 ERA overall in 26 appearances with the Phils.
In the Phillies' 8-4 loss to the Rangers in Texas on May 18, the lefty allowed seven runs on six hits with two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
The Phillies look to snap a six-game losing streak Tuesday night in Boston (see game notes). They return to home Wednesday to complete a four-game home-and-home interleague series with the Red Sox.