Phillippe Aumont, the 6’7’’ Canadian closer received from Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal, has been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. After a failed attempt at becoming a starter, Aumont was moved to the back end of the bullpen last year. This year he has put up good numbers at Double-A Reading with a 2.32 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 41 strikeouts in 31 innings. Hopefully he can maintain those numbers heading into stiffer competition.
With roster space to work with the Phillies version of Rick Ankiel, converted pitcher to first baseman Joe Savery, has been called up to Double-A Reading. The former first round draft pick out of Rice decided in the off season to switch from pitching to first base in hopes of heightening his chances to make it to the big leagues.
Indians minor leaguer Jason Knapp, the player at the forefront of the 2009 first Cliff Lee trade, will have season ending shoulder surgery. He has pitched in just 29 minor league games since being traded from the Phillies.