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11/30/11 1:30 PM EST

Phils invite eight players to Spring Training

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies announced Wednesday they had signed eight players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training as non-roster players.

Four are pitchers: right-handers Scott Elarton and Brian Sanches and left-handers Pat Misch and Raul Valdes. Because of injuries, Elarton last pitched professionally in 2010 and has not pitched in the big leagues since 2008. He won 17 games for the Houston Astros in 2000. Misch made six appearances in relief last season for the New York Mets, but spent most of the season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he made 22 starts.

Sanches went 4-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 39 games for the Florida Marlins. He pitched for the Phillies from 2006-07. Valdes went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 13 appearances last season with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees.

The others are infielders Pete Orr and Kevin Frandsen, outfielder Scott Podsednik and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

Orr played for the Phillies last season, hitting .219 in 46 games. Frandsen hit .309 with five homers and 43 RBIs for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Podsednik played only 34 games last season with the Triple-A affiliates for Toronto and Philadelphia because of a stress fracture in his left foot. He hit .245 with six doubles and a triple in 14 games for Lehigh Valley. Gosewisch hit .247 with 13 homers and 66 RBIs in 109 games for Double-A Reading. This will be his fourth big league camp with the Phillies.

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