Phillies release Dontrelle Willis

The Philadelphia Phillies released pitcher Dontrelle Willis on Friday.

Willis made 13 starts for the Cincinnati Reds last season, posting a 1-6 record with a 5.00 earned run average, but was auditioning to become the Phillies' left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.

It would have been the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year's first stint in the bullpen of his career.

Willis, though, struggled in his three spring training appearances for Philadelphia, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks with no strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

He has a career 72-69 record with a 4.17 ERA in 205 games -- 202 starts -- with Florida, Detroit, Arizona and Cincinnati.