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Woodard inks minor-league deal
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06/04/2002 7:33 pm ET 
Woodard inks minor-league deal
Right-hander, cut by Rangers, will report to SWB
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com

Steve Woodard has a 31-36 career record in the big leagues dating to 1997. (Tony Dejak/AP)
PHILADELPHIA -- On the day the Phillies went through the first 22 rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, they signed right-handed pitcher Steve Woodard to a minor-league contract.

Before being released by the Texas Rangers, the 27-year-old Woodard was 0-0 with a 6.62 ERA. He allowed 20 hits, struck out 14 and walked eight in 17 2/3 innings.

In four-plus seasons, Woodard has also pitched for Milwaukee and Cleveland. He won 10 games with the Brewers in 1998 and was 11-8 the next year. For his career, Woodard is 31-36 with a 4.93 ERA.

Woodard is expected to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Indianapolis on Thursday.

He was originally a fifth-round selection by the Brewers in the 1994 draft.

Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for MLB.com and can be reached at philliesfans2002@yahoo.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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