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Former Fort Worth Paschal star Hoby Milner called up to majors by Phillies

Hoby Milner, left, with father, Brian Milner, in 2009 at Fort Worth Paschal, has made it all the way to the big leagues with the Phillies.
Hoby Milner, left, with father, Brian Milner, in 2009 at Fort Worth Paschal, has made it all the way to the big leagues with the Phillies. Star-Telegram archives

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.

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