It’s official. As reported in The Inquirer today, prized lefthander Cole Hamels is making his highly anticipated major-league debut Friday in Cincinnati.
The Phillies announced this morning they will move righthander Ryan Madson, who had been scheduled to start Friday, back into the bullpen. The Phillies also said they will make a roster move before Friday’s game to make room for Hamels on the 25-man roster.
Hamels, 22, is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in seven combined starts for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and single-A Clearwater. He has 65 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings, and has held opponents to a .168 average.
Hamel was the team’s first-round pick in 2002. He has dominated the minor leagues when healthy. The left-hander went 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in seven minor league starts this year, with 65 strikeouts in 43 1-3 innings. Opposing batters are hitting just .168 against him. But he has been tormented by injuries. Last season, 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.