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03/12/08 2:30 PM ET

Holdzkom hits free-agent market

Right-hander could return to Phils on Minor League deal

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Lincoln Holdzkom, a Rule 5 Draft pick, has been offered back to the Red Sox, who refused him, making the hard-throwing right-hander a free agent.

Holdzkom appeared in three Grapefruit League games for the Phillies, working 3 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run on three hits and four walks, while striking out three.

Though taken off the 40-man roster, Holdzkom could return to the Phillies on a Minor League deal.

Holdzkom, 25, originally was selected by the Marlins in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. He split last season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-1 with one save and a 2.97 ERA in 42 games and held opponents to a .231 average.

Lefty Travis Blackley, the other Rule 5 Draft selection made at the Winter Meetings in December, remains with the Phillies and in contention for a spot on the pitching staff.

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