PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After struggling with the Phillies this season, relief pitcher Phillippe Aumont was sent down to Lehigh Valley. In 16 appearances with the team, Aumont was 1-3 with an ERA of 4.15, and a WHIP of 2.077. According to Aumont, some of his struggles are due to receiving different information from different people in the Phillies organization.
“It’s very, very confusing,” Aumont told the Express-Times on Saturday. “Baseball is a very confusing thing because you have so many people who have so many different perspectives on how to do things. At the major league level, (bullpen coach) Rod (Nichols) is telling me something, then I come down here and can hear different stuff. Which way do I go? Do I want to please the people while I’m down here right now or do I do the things the big league wants me to do even if I’m not doing the stuff they want me to do here?
“I’m the one who’s caught in the middle and I have to make a decision. We don’t always make the best decisions, nobody does, but I have to find a medium of where I can get to where I want to be and at the same time, try to do some of the things they want me to do. The bottom line is I’m going to do what’s good for me and whatever anybody else says goes in and out for me.”
Aumont has always been a pitcher whose ‘stuff’ is highly regarded, but has never quite find the control to pull it all together. The Phillies acquired Aumont in a trade with Seattle for Cliff Lee in 2009.