Horst on paternity leave; Aumont called up

Horst on paternity leave; Aumont called up

Horst on paternity leave; Aumont called up
PHILADELPHIA -- It appears Phillippe Aumont will finally get to make his Major League debut.

The highly touted pitching prospect was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Monday's 12-5 win over the Reds, as Phillies left-hander Jeremy Horst was placed on the paternity leave list.

Players on paternity leave have 24 to 72 hours to rejoin the club.

Aumont, the 11th overall pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was acquired in the December 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners. A 6-foot-7, 260-pound reliever with a Major League-ready fastball and curveball, Aumont is ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the organization by MLB.com's Prospect Watch.

In 41 games for the IronPigs this season, Aumont was 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Likely the biggest reason he was in Triple-A was a lack of consistency with his command, as he's recorded 59 strikeouts, but also 34 walks.

If he's optioned once Horst returns to the Phillies, it's likely Aumont would be recalled when the rosters expand in September.