Gonzalez promoted to Lehigh Valley

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WASHINGTON -- Righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who had high hopes as a starter when he signed a three-year $12 million contract, has been promoted from Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he continues to have success as a reliever.

Slowed by a shoulder injury in spring training and then suffering from a tired arm while a starter at Single-A Clearwater, Gonzalez was moved to the bullpen on June 20 and he has thrived in that role.

He had a 1.50 ERA in five appearances in relief for the Clearwater Threshers.

At Reading he had a 3.14 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Gonzalez struck out 24 and walked seven in 14 1/3 innings. It’s possible that Gonzalez, who turns 28 next month, could be with the Phillies before the season is over.

At Reading, Gonzalez’ fastball was clocked as high as 97 MPH.

“He has been pretty consistent throwing well and is up to the challenge,” said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development in a phone interview. “He needs this and has proven that he needs to be moving up.”

In an accompanying move, lefthander Matt Hoffman was assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley.

Also in the minors, it appears as if righthander Aaron Nola, the Phillies first round pick in June from LSU, will soon be promoted from Clearwater to Reading, although a move hasn't transpired yet.