Hoby Milner, who started his season by being summoned into a game without even warming up in the bullpen, will possibly finish his season pitching in the Tampa Bay bullpen. The Phillies traded Milner to Tampa Bay for “cash considerations” on Saturday night. The Phillies had designated Milner for assignment earlier in the week.
Milner made his major league debut last June against Arizona and went on to pitch in 37 games and post a 2.01 ERA. When you look deeper at the stats there were some warning signs that seemed to become more apparent this season. In his first season, he walked 16 in 31 1/3 innings and produced a WHIP of 1.468 out of the Phillies bullpen. This season, Milner pitched in 10 games with the Phillies and had a 7.71 ERA with three walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of work, being used in very selective situations that resulted in him pitching in 10 games but not averaging even an inning per game.
With Lehigh Valley this season, the 27-year old had a 2.39 ERA in 25 relief appearances while walking 14 and striking out 28 in 26 1/3 innings of work.
In the first series of the season, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler summoned Milner into a game before he had even thrown a warm-up pitch in the bullpen.
Milner was assigned to Triple-A Durham and will serve as depth for Tampa as a potential major league lefty reliever.