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Bullpen phone off hook in Phillies' loss

Amaro said Nola won't be rushed to Majors; Lee not yet ready to throw

PHILADELPHIA -- One of the roughest moments of Tuesday's 19-3 loss to the Orioles is the fact the Phillies could not call to the bullpen to get a pitcher warmed up because the bullpen phone literally was off the hook.

It was an embarrassing moment for the organization.

"It's not our greatest moment, but it's been addressed," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday afternoon. "It's a mishap that can happen, but it should never happen again. It's as simple as that."

Amaro also touched on a couple other topics Wednesday:

Aaron Nola
Amaro said the Phillies will not rush Triple-A right-hander Aaron Nola to the big leagues, despite the rotations' struggles and Jerome Williams landing on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. (The Phillies recalled Hector Neris to temporarily take his spot on the roster.)

"We have to do what's right for Aaron Nola and his development, and that's not going to change," Amaro said. "And he's going to be in the big leagues at some point this year. I don't think there's any question about that, if he continues to progress the way he's progressed so far. There's no reason to think that he won't be. We'll just have to do it at the right time."

Cliff Lee
Left-hander Cliff Lee, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury, saw the doctor Tuesday, but he is still three to four weeks from throwing again.

"Best case, he'd be throwing right about how," Amaro said. "He's not ready to do it."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.
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