Former Jayhawk Zagurski Recalled by Philadelphia Phillies

June 24, 2010


Former Kansas pitcher Mike Zagurski has been recalled to the major league level by the Philadelphia Phillies and pitched in the big leagues Wednesday night in the team’s 7-6 triumph over the Cleveland Indians.

Zagurski, who pitched at KU from 2004-05, tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout as the Phillies rallied for a walk-off win. It marked the Omaha, Neb. native’s first stint in the major leagues since 2007, when he pitched 21 1/3 innings for the Phillies, going 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA.

“I know Mike is thrilled to get back to the major leagues, and with all the hard work he’s put in the last few years, he is very deserving of this promotion,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “He had great numbers in Triple-A, and can be a big asset to the Phillies this year.”

Zagurski was 0-2 with a 2.35 ERA in 29 relief appearances for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs prior to his promotion to the major league level. After a rough start, Zagurski had allowed just four unearned runs in 21 innings over his last 19 appearances for the IronPigs.

After pitching in 25 games for Philadelphia in 2007, a hamstring injury cut his rookie season short. After trying to come back in 2008, Zagurski discovered he needed Tommy John surgery to repair ligaments in his elbow.

He pitched with the Reading Phillies at the Double-A level in 2009, and opened this season in Triple-A at Lehigh Valley.

Zagurski is KU’s single-season leader in strikeouts, fanning 112 hitters during the 2005 season. In two years at KU, Zagurski went 12-9 with a 4.90 ERA with a 182 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings.

He becomes the second former Jayhawk to appear in a major league game this season, joining Tom Gorzelanny, who is pitching with the Chicago Cubs.