Notes: White joins Phillies

Notes: White joins Phillies

BOSTON -- The third-best bullpen in the National League added a veteran arm on Friday, as the Phillies claimed Rick White off waivers from the Reds.

The 37-year-old veteran went 1-0 with one save and a 6.26 ERA (19 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings) in 26 games for the Reds this season. He was designated for assignment on Monday.

White's Major League career began in 1994 with the Pirates, and he has pitched for nine different teams. He has a 4.31 career ERA in 546 games. White had a 3.72 ERA for the Pirates in 2005, though he allowed 119 baserunners in 75 innings.

The Phillies expect White to arrive in time for Saturday's game. Manager Charlie Manuel said White will be used in middle relief.

Another Dubee: After weeks of serious negotiations, the Phillies inked 18th-round pick Michael Dubee, and the right-hander will report to the Phillies' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.

His father was thrilled.

"I think after two years of working to stay eligible, I think it's a great opportunity for him," said Rich Dubee, who also happens to be the Phillies' pitching coach.

Dubee could've played at the University of Tennessee, where he would've dreamt about playing in the College World Series, but the 20-year-old opted to begin his professional career.

"He was looking forward to that, but doesn't really want to put in the time in school," Dubee said. "When baseball season comes, books aren't really of interest. There's a lot to come out of his arm still. He's got upside."

Lieber update: Jon Lieber tossed three innings in a Gulf Coast game on Thursday night, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out one and hit a batter in his 39-pitch outing.

The right-hander, who strained his left groin fielding a ground ball on May 29, is tentatively scheduled to pitch for the Class A Clearwater on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., and on July 2 with Double-A Reading. That would line him up for a possible start with the Phillies against the Pirates on July 7.

Philling in: The Phillies optioned outfielder Chris Roberson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for White. "He needs to play," Manuel said. "He needs to go to Triple-A and develop his talent. ... Bobby Abreu singled in the ninth inning for his 1,500th career hit. ... Chase Utley belted his first homer since June 9, and his 13th of the season, in Friday's 10-2 loss. ... Right-hander Scott Mathieson left Friday's game with a cramp in his left calf. He's still expected to start Wednesday in Baltimore.

Coming up: Brett Myers will pitch Saturday amid the distraction surrounding his arrest Friday morning on domestic dispute charges. On the field, the right-hander has a 3.77 ERA and is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in a win over the Yankees.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.