Pitcher Nelson Figueroa was claimed by the Phillies, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin. The Phils' interest in Figueroa was revealed Monday by ESPN's Jayson Stark after the Mets placed him on waivers Friday. Figueroa had the ability to elect free agency if he cleared waivers. According to Stark, Figueroa was considering Japan if a big league opportunity didn't surface.
In 70.3 innings last year, Figueroa posted a 4.09 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 for the Mets. This marks his second stint with the Phillies, as he tossed 89 innings for the '01 club after coming over as part of the Curt Schilling deal. The Phillies are dealing with a handful of pitching injuries, with Joe Blanton, Brad Lidge, and J.C. Romero on the shelf.