Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams this season, but the veteran righthander has found a new home with the pitching-starved Phillies.
On Sunday, they claimed Williams off waivers from Texas. The 32-year-old Hawaiian is expected to start Tuesday against one of his other former teams, the Los Angeles Angels. Sean O'Sullivan, the scheduled Tuesday starter, was designated for assignment to clear space for Williams.
"We needed another arm," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, "and he's a guy who has pitched in the big leagues, so we want to take a look at him."
Williams made two starts for the Rangers and allowed 11 runs in 10 innings (a 9.90 ERA). Texas released Williams after Cleveland rocked him for 10 runs on 13 hits in four innings on Aug. 1. He started 2014 as a reliever for Houston, and that stint yielded a 6.04 ERA in 26 games.