"He didn't study those hitters there," Myers continued. "He might face the Reds one more time. It's the teams in your division that you have to concentrate on more and keep them guessing. It doesn't matter what people say about you, you've got to go pitch. You can make those people look smart, or you can make them look stupid. We're ready to start another nine-game winning streak. [Cole] knows what to do. He knows his body. He's just going to have to not let the hype get to him and go out there and pitch like he knows how to pitch."Geary sent down: After Thursday's game, the Phillies optioned relief pitcher Geoff Geary to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to make room on the roster for Hamels. The right-handed relief pitcher appeared in 16 games and pitched 20 1/3 innings, posting a 3.98 ERA.
Geary has an option left, allowing the Phillies to send him down. The other possibility was right-handed reliever Julio Santana, who would have had to go through waivers.
Madson's role: With the insertion of Hamels into the starting rotation, Phils manager Charlie Manuel opted to move Ryan Madson back to the bullpen, where he performed well in a setup role the last two seasons. Manuel, however, did not rule out the possibility of Madson returning to the starting rotation later this season."I like to give a guy what I consider a chance," Manuel said. "I would have seen him get more starts. Somewhere down the road, [Madson] might get another chance. This game changes all the time, that's why you don't make promises. I think he will get a chance to be a starter again. I worry about chemistry in the clubhouse, but I think if a guy gets upset for a little while, he gets over it because he's a professional and he knows he's got a job to do. If you're a winning player, I think all those things will work out. I don't feel like [Madson] failed at all. He makes the bullpen better than Gavin [Floyd] would because of his experience and Floyd's been a starter his whole career." Coming up: The Phillies will travel to Cincinnati for a three-game weekend set, unveiling Hamels in Friday's opener. The Reds entered play Thursday holding a half-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals atop the National League Central Division, with a 22-12 mark. The Phillies enter the series among the hottest teams in the National League, winning nine of their last 10 games entering Thursday's series finale against the New York Mets.
Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less