The Phillies Call Up Ken Giles from Triple-A

As Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the Phillies have placed reliever Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation of the right rotator cuff. As a result, the club is calling up Ken Giles from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Adams, 35, started the season on the disabled list as he was still recovering from surgery on his labrum last July. He was quietly effective for the team since making his season debut in mid-April. In 17 innings spent mostly in the seventh and eighth, the right-hander posted a 2.12 ERA with a 20/7 K/BB ratio.

Obviously, the injury hurts the Phillies more than just on the field because he was a potential trade chip. Adams would become a free agent after the season if the Phillies declined his $6 million club option for 2015 (assuming he wouldn’t reach 60 innings in 2014 which would make the option vest on its own).

Giles has had a great season split between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 28 2/3 total innings, the 23-year-old posted a 1.88 ERA with a 38/13 K/BB ratio.

I’ve argued here that the Phillies shouldn’t promote him since he could become a super two candidate and because his arbitration clock would start ticking in a season that didn’t matter. At the very least, Giles will add some intrigue to a season that has completely gone off the rails over the last week-plus.

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