8/2/2014 7:21 P.M. ET
Revere 'grinding' through pain in right ankle
By Daniel Popper / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- Ben Revere said Saturday that he continues to deal with pain in the right ankle he broke last July after fouling a pitch off himself during a game against the White Sox. He missed the remainder of the 2013 season because of the injury.
"It's discomforting," Revere said. "Some of the swings I do, it'll be hurting. Some plays in the outfield, sometimes getting jumps, diving, the way I play my game, there's definitely some pain there. But it's the type of the deal [where] it's not getting worse, so that's the only thing that's good about it."
The broken ankle required surgery from ankle specialist Steve Raikin, who placed two screws in the outfielder's ankle that have remained in place throughout this season. Revere said the screws are "ready to come out," but he opted to finish the rest of 2014 before undergoing the procedure to remove them.
"I told them I don't want to sit out," Revere said. "I'm just grinding."
The pain Revere is playing with hasn't affected his performance, though, especially recently. The leadoff man admitted the situation is frustrating because he's endured hot and cold streaks throughout the season. But after batting .359 in July, Revere raised his season average above .300 for the first time since April.
"He's just really showing his ability to barrel balls up on the consistent basis," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's peppering the ball up the field. He's really hitting some bullets back at the pitcher. ... He's staying on top of the ball, stinging it. And when he's getting on base like that, he provides a lot at the top of the order."
On fast track, top pick Nola elevated to Double-A
WASHINGTON -- The Phillies promoted Aaron Nola, their first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to Double-A Reading on Saturday after the former LSU right-hander compiled a 3.16 ERA in seven appearances, six of them starts, for Class A Advanced Clearwater.
The Phillies selected Nola with the No. 7 overall pick in June's Draft. He went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 16 starts for the Tigers this past spring. He is ranked as the Phillies' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com.
"He's just showed a good power arm, a real good fastball," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's a quick move for him, but he was ready for it."
Between the college season and his short stint in Class A, Nola -- who will make his first start for the Fightin Phils on Wednesday -- has thrown 149 2/3 innings. However, Sandberg said the organization isn't concerned about the large workload because Nola hasn't shown any signs of fatigue or injury.
"If anything, he's experienced a lot," Sandberg said.
Sandberg said he wouldn't be surprised if Nola arrived at Spring Training next season and competed for a spot in the big league rotation, which ranked in the bottom third of the Majors in ERA through July.
"He was supposed to be a guy on a fast track from right when he was signed," Sandberg said.
• Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee met with team physician Steve Cohen on Saturday to evaluate the strained throwing elbow he sustained against the Nationals on Thursday night. Sandberg had no update when he met with the media, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Comcast SportsNet on Friday that there was no indication of "ligament issues" in Lee's elbow.
• Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown sat out Saturday for the second straight game because of strep throat. It is the second time Brown has come down with the illness in the past month.
• Sandberg said first baseman Ryan Howard has made adjustments to his swing since he sat out three consecutive games in July, namely, crouching lower in his stance. Sandberg said Howard has recently watched a number of videos from past seasons to find a stance that's comfortable.
Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.