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.
Milner was selected by the Indians in the Rule 5 draft this past offseason, but was returned to the Phillies after failing to win a bullpen job in Cleveland. He was 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA and a 27:4 K:BB in 27.2 innings for Lehigh Valley this season. Milner only throws in the high-80s, but he is effective thanks to a sidearm delivery that makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball. He should initially see most of his work in middle relief, but could become the Phillies' primary lefty reliever if his minor league success translates to the majors.
Milner could be close to earning a promotion to the majors, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Milner has not allowed a run in 18.1 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He has struck out 15 and walked two. The lefty doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he has a sidearm delivery that makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball. The Phillies lack a dominant lefty in their pen, so Milner is likely to get a look in the near future.
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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|