Horst proving he's a valuable asset in bullpen

Horst proving he's a valuable asset in bullpen

PHILADELPHIA -- During the final 53 games of this season, several younger Phillies have the chance to audition for roles on the 2013 team.

One of those is left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst, who has pitched well since his promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 28. Entering Tuesday, the 26-year-old has allowed three runs (two earned) in 12 innings of work spanning 13 games. He's struck out 13 and walked four.

Horst, who the Phillies acquired from the Reds in the offseason, has gotten the bulk of his work in the later innings, throwing a combined 7 1/3 innings in the eighth and ninth.

Horst said he feels his stint with the Phillies this season has gone well and he enjoys getting the opportunity to pitch on a frequent basis. He said pitching well in late-inning situations is a confidence boost for him, and he hopes his work over the remainder of 2012 puts him on solid ground to land a roster spot out of Spring Training next season.

"I think it's been going good," he said. "I'm kind of a tough critic on myself, so every outing there's something I'd like to improve on or wish I could've done a little bit different. ... I think I've done well and hopefully I can just keep throwing strikes and getting outs."