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Ryan Franklin


The Reds shuffled their bullpen again Monday by acquiring Franklin from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash and a player to be named.


Franklin was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, ending a disappointing stint where the right-hander never adjusted to his new role in the bullpen.


Franklin agreed to a $2.6 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander, who served a 10-day suspension after testing positive for steroids, went 8-15 with a 5.10 ERA in 190 2-3 innings with Seattle last season.


In his first start since serving his suspension for violation of the MLB drug policy, Franklin was rudely welcomed back by the Angels, who chased him after 4.1 innings with 12 hits and eight runs in a 9-1 romp over the Mariners.


Franklin completes his 10-day suspension for performance-enhancing drugs Friday, and the Mariners' righthander is expected to return to the Seattle rotation Saturday to face Bartolo Colon and the Angels. He is 6-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 20 starts and a pair of relief appearances this season.


Franklin was suspended 10 days Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's steroids policy, the eighth big leaguer caught under the tougher rules enacted this year. The Seattle righthander is 6-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 20 starts and a pair of relief appearances this season.


To accomodate Gil Meche, who is getting two extra days of rest between starts because of tendinitis near his throwing elbow, the Mariners have moved up Franklin's next scheduled start to Saturday in Chicago. Franklin came within one out of a complete game in his first 2005 start on Monday, when he and the Mariners defeated the Royals, 8-2.

Joel Pineiro has been moved up to take Friday's start, Franklin will work Saturday's, and Meche will pitch the series finale on Sunday.


Franklin will start Monday against the Kansas City Royals in place of the injured Bobby Madritsch. With Madritsch on the disabled list, it is expected Franklin will remain in the starting rotation for the time being.