Left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner, a former star at Fort Worth Paschal, was called up to the major leagues Tuesday by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Milner, 26, a 2009 graduate of Paschal who was drafted by the Phillies in the seventh round out of Texas in 2012, has excelled this season as a reliever for Triple A Lehigh Valley.
Milner, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, has compiled a 2.60 ERA in 22 appearances, striking out 27 and walking only four in 27 1/3 innings.
The Phillies plan to use Milner as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. Lefties were hitting only .200 (9-for-45) off him at Triple A.
Milner, the son of former major leaguer Brian Milner (Fort Worth Southwest), was selected second team All-Big 12 Conference in 2012 when he was 7-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 34 games.
Also Tuesday, the Phillies designated veteran outfielder Michael Saunders and former closer Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.
Saunders, who signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in January, has scuffled this season while hitting only .205 with a paltry .257 on-base percentage. Gomez, a right-hander who saved 37 games for the Phillies last season, had a 7.25 ERA in 18 appearances in 2017.
The Phillies on Tuesday also called up outfielder Cam Perkins, who was hitting .298 with six home runs and 21 RBIs at Lehigh Valley.