Hunter Activated from DL; Milner goes to AAA

One of the Phillies first free agent signings over the winter was veteran reliever Tommy Hunter. Unfortunately for the Phillies, he and fellow veteran reliever Pat Neshek opened the season on the DL.

Hunter, 31, suffered a hamstring injury during spring training and made two rehab appearances – one each with Clearwater and Reading – throwing 2 1/3 shutout innings. After his final appearance with Reading on Saturday he was activated from the DL and will be available for Sunday’s series finale against Pittsburgh.

To make room for Hunter on the 25-man roster, left-hander Hoby Milner was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 27-year old Milner made 10 relief appearances with the Phillies and was most notably the pitcher called into a game by manager Gabe Kapler prior to having thrown in the bullpen to get warm.

Milner allowed six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings and posted a 7.71 ERA with four strikeouts.

Moving Milner back to Triple-A leaves the Phillies with just one left-hander, Adam Morgan, in the bullpen. Morgan has a 3.12 ERA in 12 relief appearances covering 8 2/3 innings with seven walks and 10 strikeouts.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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