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11/05/08 11:40 AM EST

Phillies part ways with Taguchi

Veteran outfielder released after contract wasn't renewed

PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder So Taguchi was released by the Phillies on Wednesday, less than a week after being told his 2009 option wasn't going to be renewed.

The move was a formality. Taguchi signed with Philadelphia in December and batted .220 in 91 at-bats over 88 games in 2008. He initially served as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement for left fielder Pat Burrell, but eventually lost that job to Eric Bruntlett.

Taguchi did not appear in the World Series.

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