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PHILADELPHIA ? (AP) ? The Philadelphia Phillies plan to call up top pitching prospect Cole Hamels to make his major league debut Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

 

The 22-year-old left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in seven minor league starts this year. He has 65 strikeouts in 43.1 innings and opposing batters are hitting just .168 against him.

 

He has been dominating in his last three starts, all at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hamels went 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, 36 strikeouts and just one walk in 23 innings for the Red Barons.

 

Hamels will take Ryan Madson's spot in the rotation, moving Madson back to the bullpen, Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said.

 

A first-round pick of the Phillies in the 2002 draft, Hamels has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons and pitched in just 10 games over two years coming into this season. Last year, he missed two months after breaking his pitching hand in a fight in February and was shut down for the year in July due to back problems.

 

But when he hasn't been injured, Hamels has been brilliant. He has gone 14-4 with a 1.43 ERA in 35 minor league starts with 273 strikeouts.

 

Madson performed well in the bullpen over the last three seasons, going 15-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 130 games. Madson has struggled at times this year after being moved into the rotation in spring training, going 3-1 with a 6.82 ERA.

 

The Phillies plan to make a roster move to clear space for Hamels before Friday's game.

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PHILADELPHIA ? (AP) ? The Philadelphia Phillies plan to call up top pitching prospect Cole Hamels to make his major league debut Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

 

The 22-year-old left-hander is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in seven minor league starts this year. He has 65 strikeouts in 43.1 innings and opposing batters are hitting just .168 against him.

 

He has been dominating in his last three starts, all at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hamels went 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA, 36 strikeouts and just one walk in 23 innings for the Red Barons.

 

Hamels will take Ryan Madson's spot in the rotation, moving Madson back to the bullpen, Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said.

 

A first-round pick of the Phillies in the 2002 draft, Hamels has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons and pitched in just 10 games over two years coming into this season. Last year, he missed two months after breaking his pitching hand in a fight in February and was shut down for the year in July due to back problems.

 

But when he hasn't been injured, Hamels has been brilliant. He has gone 14-4 with a 1.43 ERA in 35 minor league starts with 273 strikeouts.

 

Madson performed well in the bullpen over the last three seasons, going 15-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 130 games. Madson has struggled at times this year after being moved into the rotation in spring training, going 3-1 with a 6.82 ERA.

 

The Phillies plan to make a roster move to clear space for Hamels before Friday's game.

 

 

 

 

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Heard HOF Peter Gammons on the radio today.

 

He said he thinks the Phillies might decide to hold off 3-4 weeks on this since he has been in the minors since '03 and still only has 190 IP in his 3-year career.

 

He also said the Phillies would like to see Hammels get knocked around once in the minors, since he hasn't really ever been yet. Gammons quoted an old Red Sox personnel man, whom he said is widely respected in baseballs past, who said something to the effect of: "if you have a pitching prospect, you should wait until he is knocked around once in the minors to see how be bounces back, because if his first time comes in the majors, you may never get him back".

 

He also said Hammels numbers are very inflated this year, because he has faced some atrocious AAA teams, including a Syracuse team that might be the worst minor league team in all of baseball and is made up of all 35+yr olds.

 

That was the summary pretty much, take it for what it's worth. Seems Cole is a very special pitching talent, however.

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