CLEARWATER, Fla. --- The Phillies on Tuesday morning released righthander Kevin Slowey, who was in camp as a non-roster invitee and on a minor league deal.

"It wasn't an easy decision, particularly when we're talking about the type of person he is," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "That's one of the things that's important to us, was his makeup and how he's affected this camp. He's been a great influence on our guys, but we just didn't feel like he was going to be able to help us, and I think it was the best thing for him and for us.

"We have some younger guys that we have in triple-A right now and that's one of the reasons why we just made that decision to go ahead and release him, to give him an opportunity on another club and I wish him the best."

Slowey, 30, pitched in seven Grapefruit League games, two of which were starts. He allowed 11 runs, nine of which were earned, on 15 hits over 11 2/3 innings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday tagged Slowey with six runs, five earned, on six hits (two home runs), over two innings.

The Phillies have 35 players left in big league camp.