By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies have kept the toll collectors on Northeast Extension busy this season, dipping into the roster of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs a record 21 times. While there was a lot of attention when players like Darin Ruf and Cody Asche got the call, many of these promotions have passed with very little fanfare. Zach Miner’s would probably fall into that latter category.
A 31-year-old right-hander, Miner is in the bigs for the first time since the 2009 season when he went 7-5 for Detroit with a 4.29 ERA in 51 games.
“2010 I had (Tommy John) surgery, probably took me a couple years to get back where my arm was feeling good,” Miner said after throwing two shutout innings against the Cubs on Thursday. “And I had some other groin issues last year, so this is the first year in a few years that my whole body’s been healthy. So it’s been nice, it’s good to get out there and be able to compete and pitch again.”