PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies lefty reliever J.C. Romero saw the writing on the wall when manager Charlie Manuel would consistently pull Antonio Bastardo from the bullpen to face lefties and pitch the deep innings of tight games.
To make room for righty starter Vance Worley on the roster, Romero was designated for assignment and sounded as though his days of pitching in Philadelphia are over.
"It was a fun ride, it's over, it's done," Romero said in between packing up boxes outside his locker following Thursday's 3-0 win against the Marlins. "You probably won't see No. 16 again here."
The Phillies have 10 days to move Romero's contract and have several options.
They can trade or release Romero. Another option is to place him on waivers. If no team claims him, the Phils said they will give him an opportunity to return to the organization he helped bring two National League pennants and one World Series title.
"That'll be totally up to him," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "Based on the number of years of service he has, he can make any decision he wants and not have any penalty regarding his salary."
Romero appeared in 24 games this year, tossing 16 1/3 innings and giving up seven runs and walking 12.
The emergence of Bastardo and Michael Stutes made it difficult for Manuel to find work for Romero, who has struggled with command for the better part of the last two seasons.
"The development of Bastardo definitely took some pitching time away," Manuel said. "Bastardo got ahead of him, that was a big thing. J.C. has to pitch to get sharp and his command definitely is a problem, and I think he needs some work."
Said Romero: "That's my student. Sometimes the student does better than the teacher."
Kruk to join Phillies' Wall of Fame on Aug. 12
PHILADELPHIA -- John Kruk won't even come close to comparing himself to names like Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and Richie Ashburn.
For Kruk, being the Phillies' 2011 Wall of Fame inductee is about family and the smiles and sense of pride his kids will hold when they return to Citizens Bank Park years later and see their father's name stand among the 32 other Phillies greats.
Kruk will be formally inducted Aug. 12, before to the start of the Phils' game against the Nationals, when a 14-by-20-inch bronze plaque of Kruk will hang in the Memory Lane section of Ashburn Alley.
Now an ESPN baseball analyst, Kruk is synonymous with the Phillies' renegade 1993 National League championship team.
"It seemed like when we got together in mid-February, it was like one big party and the games just happened to be there," said Kruk, who brings a refreshing air of humor to the game.
"To describe that team, when the most sane person on your team has Tourette's syndrome ... we had the perfect coaching staff, they were more messed up than we were."
A three-time All-Star and career .309 hitter with Philadelphia, Kruk is one of only six Phillies with a career on-base percentage of .400 or higher.
He was traded from San Diego in 1989 soon after Larry Bowa was dismissed as the Padres manager, only to reunite with his former skipper in Philly when Bowa talked the front office into dealing for Kruk.
"I could be what I wanted to be here," Kruk said. "San Diego, I had to be what they wanted me to be. I wasn't no choir boy, if you know what I mean."
He briefly recalled some of the more memorable moments of his time in Philly.
Actually giggling at a teary-eyed Bill Giles following the Game 6 loss to the Blue Jays in the World Series, simply because nobody expected the Phillies to even make it that far.
Or when the Phils and Padres completed a doubleheader at 4:40 a.m. after the second game started at 1:28 a.m.
"We knew we had the advantage," Kruk quipped. "1, 2, 3 in the morning, that was right here in our prime."
He then got into the current club, pitching the idea to just have the Red Sox and Phillies play in the World Series and let everyone enjoy their summer.
He called the 2011 version of the Phils the best the organization has put together, even if they can't compete with the level of fun the '93 team had.
It all led to this exchange with team president David Montgomery:
"If you'd have given us a hundred and how much million, we could've been a little better," Kruk said.
"Hey John, I ... things have changed," Montgomery said.
Worley to make spot start Saturday in Seattle
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Vance Worley confirmed Thursday what many had been anticipating: He will make a spot start Saturday against the Mariners.
Worley was in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon as the Phils wrapped up their 11-game homestand against the Marlins.
To open a roster spot for Worley, lefty reliever J.C. Romero was designated for assignment.
Beyond Saturday's start, however, it's unknown whether the Philadelphia will keep Worley in the rotation or continue with Kyle Kendrick.
"I know I'm throwing Saturday," Worley said. "I don't know if it's for one game and then I'm out of here or if I'll be up here. I really don't know anything. I know [Kendrick's] throwing well, and I'm happy for him he's throwing well."
Worley was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following his May 29 start against the Mets because he wasn't working consistently.
He made three starts for the IronPigs, going 2-0 and allowing three earned runs and 12 hits with 21 strikeouts.
Getting stretched out, refining his offspeed pitches and building his velocity in Allentown was a better fit than trying to sort all that out in Philadelphia, he said.
"It was better for me to do it down there than up here," he said. "I think I would've been more stressed out if I would've had a rough outing like that again."
Kendrick is coming off a strong seven-inning showing Wednesday, in which he allowed just one run in an 8-1 win against the Marlins.
It's unclear what direction the Phils will go in after Saturday. They can option Worley and continue with Kendrick or keep Worley in the rotation and put Kendrick in the bullpen and fill a need for long relief.
Philadelphia will resume Interleague Play on Friday in Seattle against the Mariners. The Phillies took two of three against the Rangers from May 20-22 in their first Interleague series of the season.
Entering Thursday's action, the Phils have scored 41.5 percent (120 of 289 total runs) of their runs this season with two outs.
Double-A Reading starter Ryan Edell, relievers Justin De Fratus and Phillippe Aumont and infielder/outfielder Cody Overbeck have been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Also, Class A Clearwater's Joe Savery has been promoted to Double-A Reading.
Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.