Certain that just three AAA starts are enough for Cole Hamels, the Phillies will make a roster move Friday to open a spot on the 25 man roster for Hamels. The 22 year old lefty is sporting a 0.39 ERA in his three starts for Scranton and will bring his act to the Phillies' starting rotation.
The move will mean a return to the bullpen for Ryan Madson, who has struggled in his first season as a full-time starter at the major league level. Over the past two seasons, Madson excelled in the bullpen, so his return there should strengthen the Phillies' pen. A roster move will be made Friday to make room for Hamels, with one of the relievers likely to be removed from the roster one way or another.
In another move on Wednesday, the Phillies tried to get Chris Booker through waivers, but the Kansas City Royals grabbed him. Booker was on a rehab assignment with AAA Scranton and would have had to be activated by Thursday, since his rehab assignment was up. The Phillies tried to get him through waivers in hopes of working out a deal with the Washington Nationals that would have allowed them to keep him, but assign him to Scranton. Booker joined the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft and the Nationals still held his rights if the Phillies - or now, the Royals - weren't able to keep him on their active 25 man roster for the entire season.
The Phillies had Hamels start the season in the warm weather of Clearwater and after watching him there for less than a month, they decided to have him skip AA and move right along to AAA Scranton to continue his move towards the majors. In his three starts at AAA, Hamels allowed just 10 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 36 in 23 innings.