Miner was recalled after rookie Jonathan Pettibone landed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. Miner had a feeling he would be used out of the bullpen after a Phillies coach asked if he could pitch Friday night against Atlanta. Manager Charlie Manuel later confirmed that Miner's hunch was on point.
He started for the IronPigs Tuesday night, tossing five scoreless innings and yielding just one hit. Miner is 5-6 this season with a 3.90 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 851/3 innings pitched. He has pitched both as a starter and reliever this season.
He throws a pretty good sinker, Manuel said. And more so, the manager said Miner's time away from the majors gave him "a push." The pitcher had something to work for, Manuel said. And that push landed him in Philadelphia.
Rookie to the DL
Pettibone's shoulder soreness was not of serious concern, Manuel said before the game. But the 22-year-old righty tossed his 100th inning on Sunday, and Manuel wanted "to give him a little time."
He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday and will miss his scheduled start on Saturday. The Phillies announced that John Lannan will start Saturday on three days' rest and Cliff Lee will start on Sunday for the first time since July 21. He missed his last two starts due to neck soreness.
"They think just a little, short rest, and he'll be fine," Manuel said of Pettibone. "I think the experience part of pitching is good for him, but if it's going to hurt his career, then it's something we have to sit down and talk it over. . . . But I don't think it's the case here."
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