6/8/2014 2:21 P.M. ET
Hard-throwing Giles joins Phillies bullpen
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Ken Giles heard the pleas from Philadelphia the moment he threw his first 100-mph fastball in Double-A Reading.
How could he escape it?
"It trickled down pretty fast," Giles said Sunday morning at Great American Ball Park.
The Phillies' bullpen has struggled this season and Giles dominated hitters in Double-A. He had a 1.20 ERA in 13 appearances with Reading. He struck out 29 and walked five in just 15 innings with stories about his velocity hitting Philadelphia immediately. The Phillies promoted him to Triple-A early last month and he posted a 2.63 ERA in 11 appearances, although he struck out just nine and walked eight in 13 2/3 innings.
Giles, 23, earned his promotion to the big leagues Saturday when the team announced it had placed Mike Adams on the disabled list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff.
Giles, a seventh-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, said he feels no pressure to live up to the hype.
"Not at all," he said. "If it's there, it's there. If it's not, it's not. I know what I can do, and I'm going to show them what I can do. ... I'm ready to go. No one is going to say no, right? I'm ready to go whenever they want me."
The Phillies front office had been asked incessantly about Giles' progress and their plans to promote the right-hander to the big leagues. They often spoke about his command, namely, he needed to show better fastball command and improve his slider.
Giles said both have improved since the beginning of the season, but he is not there yet.
"I'm not perfect," he said. "I'm not a complete project yet, but I'm only going to get better with experience."
Triple-A hitters struck out noticeably less than Double-A hitters, but Giles had an explanation for that.
"They were more experienced, but I wasn't trying to do too much," he said. "I wasn't trying to strike everyone out kind of thing. I just tried to make good pitches and get outs. Get out of innings as quick as possible. The less pitches I had, the better. ... They're a lot smarter than they were at Double-A, so I just had to kind of pitch a little bit better, keep them off my fastball, be a little more selective."
Giles called his family following the promotion Saturday. He had been called into IronPigs manager Dave Brundage's office for the news. But the coaches started the meeting by asking him what he had learned in Triple-A. They then told him they got him a flight to Cincinnati.
"I was like, 'Did I get traded?'" Giles said. "And then they told me, 'You're going up to the Phillies. And I'm like, 'Oh, OK. I'll get out of here then.'"
His family will be in Philadelphia this week.
Rollins' leadoff production puts him in rare company
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins had two RBIs in the leadoff spot Saturday, which put him in rare company.
It was his 160th multi-RBI game in the leadoff spot, which is tied with Pete Rose for third-most since 1900. Only Rickey Henderson (242) and Johnny Damon (173) have had more.
Rollins entered Sunday's series finale at Great American Ball Park needing just six more hits to become the franchise's all-time hits leader. He has 2,229 hits. Mike Schmidt holds the record with 2,234.
Phillies look to clear up close call at plate
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Sunday were looking for an explanation from Major League Baseball why a play at the plate Saturday in a 6-5 loss to the Reds did not violate home plate collision rule 7.13.
The Phillies thought Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco blocked the plate before he caught the ball and tagged out Marlon Byrd. They thought it was similar to a play at Citizens Bank Park on April 13, when umpires ruled Phillies center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. out at the plate, despite the fact Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis had blocked the plate.
Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations, called the Phillies later to tell them a mistake had been made.
An MLB spokesperson said Saturday the play was confirmed because the replay officials in New York felt that there was a sufficient lane for the runner to reach the plate.
• Left-hander Cesar Jimenez cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will report Sunday afternoon.
• Wil Nieves had been in Sunday's lineup before Carlos Ruiz found his way back. Ruiz, 35, has started 49 of 61 games this season. He is on pace to start 130, after having never started more than 113 games in his career. He has spent each of the previous five seasons on the disabled list.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.