The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the Phillies could unleash Cole Hamles Friday in Cincinnati.
Todd Zolecki of the Inquirer said that team officials met yesterday to decide their next step with Hamels, the top-ranked prospect in the Phillies system. Since his call-up to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the 22-year-old left-hander has been nearly untouchable, allowing just 10 hits, one run with 36 strikeouts in only 23 innings of work.
Zolecki reports there are "strong indications" he will make his next start in the major leagues.
"We're close," assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle told the Inquirer. "It's not going to be much longer, but there are a few moving pieces we have to figure out and people we would have to talk to."
I didn’t expect the Phils to wait long with Hamels, but no one would have expected it to be this soon. Obviously, if this report holds water, the Phillies have changed plans and would rather not waste these sizzling starts in Triple-A.
Ryan Madson is scheduled to pitch Friday’s game, but the article made reference to "moving pieces," which could either be Ryan Madson or Gavin Floyd. Floyd is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the Mets, and Madson is set to go Friday in Cincinnati.
With rumors indicating the Mets are looking to acquire another arm, possibly Barry Zito or Livan Hernandez, it’s exciting to think the Phils might be able to pull off a big move of their own by plucking a guy right from their own back yard.
This early promotion would also mean the Phillies would lose a year before Hamels is due for arbitration, no small point for a team notorious for thinking along those lines.
If the previous GM was calling the shots and making this move, there would be cause for concern. With Pat Gillick at the wheel, no worries ... just goosebumps.