The Phillies sign reliever Dennys Reyes

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Lost in all of the big Melky Cabrera (and Carl Crawford) news last night was word that the Phillies signed lefty Dennys Reyes to a one-year deal.  It’s for $1.1 million with a $1.35 million option for 2012. More important: this deal fills the Phillies’ roster spot dedicated to relief pitchers with a troublesome and awkward “y” in their name.

For a lefty, Reyes struggled against left-handers in 2010, which makes him more of a standard middle relief guy than a lefty specialist.  Charlie Manuel has done a pretty good job managing a bullpen that, at times, has been less-than-ideal, however, so I’m guessing he’ll deploy Reyes where he’s most likely to succeed.

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.