Phillies add Zach Miner on minor-league deal

Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

Zach Miner, who pitched for four years for the Detroit Tigers before Tommy John surgery in 2010, will join the Philadelphia Phillies on a minor league contract.

The Philadelphia Phillies have brought in right-handed pitcher Zach Miner in hopes the 30-year-old can return to a major league level of play in 2013.

Miner pitched for four years for the Detroit Tigers, going 25-20 in 157 appearances for the club. He bounced between roles as a starter and reliever, boasting a 3.02 ERA in 2007. However, Tommy John surgery in 2010 derailed his career, and he's bounced around the minors ever since. 2011 was a bad season as he had a 5.26 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A in the Kansas City Royals' farm system, but he hit somewhat of a groove this past year, with a 2.50 ERA for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in the Tigers' system.

His career as a starter appears to be over, but Miner does appear capable of being a decent arm in relief out of the Phillies' bullpen if he's capable of carrying his performance in Triple-A over to the big leagues.

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