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Phillies add Seanez to bullpen

Phillies add Seanez to bullpen

PHILADELPHIA -- One day into the season, the Phillies have already tweaked their pitching staff, signing reliever Rudy Seanez on Tuesday.

While the Phillies have made no announcement, a baseball official has confirmed the signing. Seanez could arrive for Wednesday's game. It's likely that a formal announcement is awaiting a physical.

The 39-year-old right-hander went 6-3 with a 3.79 ERA in a career-high 73 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007. In a 16-year career spent with eight teams, he is 36-26 with a 4.15 ERA.

Seanez was released in the final week of Spring Training after posting a 7.71 ERA in Cactus League play with the Dodgers.

The Phillies began the season with 11 pitchers, but they plan to be at 12 when closer Brad Lidge comes off the disabled list on Saturday. Seanez's arrival could force the release or trade of infielder Wes Helms or reliever Tim Lahey, a Rule 5 Draft pick acquired on Friday.

In other news, the team announced the hiring of Dr. Michael Weinik, an osteopathic physician and associate chairman of the Temple University Hospital Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He will serve as a consultant for spinal evaluation and manipulation.

"We review our medical procedures and staff at the end of every season," said team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. "We believe his care will be beneficial to multiple players in Philadelphia."

Through the direction of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, Ciccotti and Weinik have developed a network of physicians in cities the Phillies will visit during the season.

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

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