Another former Kansas University baseball product is getting his shot in the Major Leagues.
Pitcher Mike Zagurski has been called up by the Philadelphia Phillies and will be in uniform for today's game against the Atlanta Braves, according to a KU press release. A southpaw, Zagurski looks to assume a role in the Phillies' bullpen.
Zagurski is the second Jayhawk to get his first call-up in a week. Third baseman Travis Metcalf was called up to the Texas Rangers last weekend, but his stint lasted just three days before he was sent back down to Double-A.
For Zagurski, the promotion is reward for a fantastic season in the minor leagues to date. The lefty started 2007 in Single-A Clearwater, but was promoted to Double-A after picking up five saves with a tiny 1.10 ERA.
He was just as effective in Double-A Reading, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work.
Zagurski expects to take the place of Brett Myers on the Phillies' roster. Myers strained his shoulder when throwing a pitch in the ninth inning Wednesday against the Florida Marlins.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Zagurski pitched two years at Hutchinson Community College before joining Kansas for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was 4-4 with a 4.81 ERA as a junior, and 8-4 with a 4.95 ERA as a senior.