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Phillies Call Up Ken Giles, Mike Adams Hurt

The Triple Digit Kid is getting the call to the show as Mike Adams' bounce back season hits a roadblock.

This is what Ken Giles looks like.
This is what Ken Giles looks like.
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The hope was the Phillies would at some point add reliever Ken Giles and his 100 mph fastball to the big league bullpen to compliment Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon.

Instead, he's going to replace one of them.

The Adams injury is a crusher for the Phils. He had been outstanding since coming back from off-season shoulder trouble, with a 2.12 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17 innings. Adams is in the second year of a 2-year, $12 million deal.

The Phillies hope Giles can put up the same kind of numbers with the big club that he did in Reading and Lehigh. He posted a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings with the Fightins, with seven saves and 29/5 K/BB ratio. With the Piggies, he was slightly less effective, with a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings, five saves and 9/8 K/BB ratio.

Still, you'll take those numbers up in The Show.

Historically, Giles' control has been the issue, and while he maintained very good control in Reading, he was not quite as tight with it in Lehigh. So please...

He is no savior. He's just a guy who throws really hard with a bright future ahead of him.