4/19/2014 6:48 P.M. ET
Hamels will bring Phillies rotation to full strength
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
DENVER -- Ryne Sandberg is eager to finally see everybody in the Phillies rotation next week in Los Angeles.
Cole Hamels is set to make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He opened on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder. His recovery following a setback March 1 cost him three starts.
"I've been waiting for that day," Sandberg said. "First of all, we get everybody healthy. We get the full strength of the team with [setup man Mike] Adams and Hamels. The potential and possibilities in the rotation, once we did sign [A.J.] Burnett in the spring, we'll see it next week when Hamels is in there. We'll see the rotation in complete strength. I've been waiting for that day."
Cliff Lee will pitch Monday, Burnett will pitch Tuesday and Hamels will pitch Wednesday.
If everybody is healthy and pitches like they have in the past, it could be a formidable trio.
"I'm super excited just to be with them and watch the bullpens and be on the bench with them and know that I'm actually here to participate as opposed to just being around to get my work in," Hamels said. "I'll actually be able to have a part."
Hamels went 0-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three rehab starts with Class A Advanced Clearwater.
"I was able to go down there and get everything accomplished, my strength, building up pitch count and really try to execute pitches to both side of the plate," Hamels said. "That's what you need to be successful in the big leagues, you have to be able to hit both sides of the plate with all of your pitches.
"My workouts are pretty much what everybody else's are right now. Now kick it in gear and increase the intensity and know these games actually matter. This is where I wanted to be the whole time. It's just unfortunate I wasn't able to break early and be with the team early."
Phillies plan to ease Adams in slowly
DENVER -- Mike Adams could talk Saturday about something other than his rehab from right shoulder surgery.
He could talk about pitching a scoreless inning Friday against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Adams pitched in a big league game for the first time since having surgery July 31. He threw a perfect inning with two groundball outs on a night when the Rockies beat up the rest of the Phillies pitching staff for 12 runs. The Phillies plan to ease in Adams slowly until he shows he is capable of returning to a late-inning role.
"It went great from an individual standpoint," Adams said. "I was completely happy with yesterday. I felt great. I feel good today. Everything is going the way I hoped. [The comeback] could have never happened. It could have never come around. Luckily everything has worked out the way it has. It has gone above and beyond the way I would have ever expected. Hopefully everything continues going along the same path."
Phils look to Camp to buoy bullpen
DENVER -- The Phillies continue to search for a quality mix for their bullpen.
Perhaps Shawn Camp can help.
"He's considered a long guy," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Saturday at Coors Field. "He could be a guy that could save some arms down there, throwing strikes out of the bullpen."
The Phillies promoted Camp to the big leagues Friday night, optioning right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for him on the 25-man roster. Camp led the big leagues with 80 appearances in 2012, but the Cubs released him following 26 appearances and a 7.04 ERA last season. He pitched well in Spring Training, but opened the season with the IronPigs.
"It feels good," Camp said. "It's an honor to be called up as always."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.