Milner was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
The southpaw struggled mightily in Thursday's appearance, allowing three runs in a third of an inning. His strikeout rate (7.7 K/9) and walk rate (5.8 BB/9) have also left much to be desired, so he'll head back to the minors. A corresponding move will be announced Sunday.
Milner pitched two thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Braves, allowing three earned runs on three hits, an intentional walk and a hit by pitch.
Milner was brought in for a lefty-on-lefty matchup against Freddie Freeman with one out in the eighth inning in an attempt to keep the deficit at two runs. He promptly hit Freeman and allowed three singles and an intentional walk, adding a balk for good measure. His ERA now stands at 7.71 after 4.2 innings. It's obviously a very small sample, but his 5.54 xFIP in 31.1 innings last season already suggested that he may not belong at the big-league level. There are no obvious threats to his roster spot, but another poor outing or two could see the Phillies turn to Zac Curtis, who lost out to Milner for a job in spring training, to fill their second lefty role.
Milner tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout in Thursday's 10-0 win over the Marlins.
Milner has not allowed a run since July 28, when he gave up two runs in two innings. He has a 1.78 ERA with four holds and a 16:10 K:BB in 25.1 innings this season. The lefty has been particularly tough on same-handed hitters with a .191 batting average against. He will likely be a favorite for a bullpen spot next spring given his performance this season.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Milner will likely get more late-inning relief opportunities over the rest of the season, Stan Awtrey of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Milner isn't going to work the ninth inning, but he could see some seventh and eighth inning work. The lefty has held same-handed hitters to a .214 average, but righties are batting .429 against him. Mackanin said the Phillies want to see Milner use his two-seam fastball more as it could be an effective pitch against righties.
The 26-year-old allowed a run in his first appearance in the big-leagues, but has been lights out since. The sidearm lefty will likely remain in low-leverage situations for the near future, but could see some opportunities later in the season with the Phillies already well out of contention.
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|2014||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||10||6||4.21||25||25||1||1||0||143.1||146||72||67||25||1||56||86|
|2015||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||2||1||3.69||29||2||0||0||0||61.0||61||26||25||6||1||17||40|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||0||1||4.50||11||0||0||0||1||16.0||16||8||8||2||0||3||22|
|2016||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||5||3||1.84||38||0||0||0||5||49.0||41||12||10||3||4||12||54|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||1||2||2.60||22||0||0||0||0||27.2||24||8||8||1||2||4||27|