Al Leiter's second stint with Florida never came close to matching his fantastic first one.
Now, Leiter won't get the chance to turn around his sinking season with the Marlins.
Leiter was designated for assignment yesterday by Florida, perhaps signaling the end of a 19-year career for the left-hander who helped the Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays win World Series titles.
Leiter agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with Florida in the offseason, but never regained the form that saw him win a combined 27 games in 1996 and 1997 for the Marlins.
Leiter struggled with his control and was briefly bumped to the bullpen in his second stint with the Marlins, going 3-7 with a 6.64 ERA.
"I truly expected more success in my return to the Florida Marlins," Leiter said in a statement. "To say I am disappointed with my performance is vastly understated. I understand the organization needed to do what they had to do."
* CLEANING UP: Bobby Abreu's next home run will probably come in the cleanup spot. Long a fixture in the No. 3 hole for Philadelphia, Abreu was moved to fourth in the lineup, though Manager Charlie Manuel said it had nothing to do with the right fielder's record-setting performance in the Home Run Derby on Monday night. 2B Chase Utley was bumped up to third, and LF Pat Burrell was dropped to fifth. The lineup might change again when 1B Jim Thome comes off the disabled list.
* DODGER TOSSED: Dodgers RHP Brad Penny was ejected in the third inning of last night's game against the Giants after tossing his helmet in protest of a call at first base.
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