Phillies promote prospect Nola to Triple-A

General manager Amaro Jr. said right-hander could finish season in Majors

Phillies promote prospect Nola to Triple-A

BALTIMORE -- How long will Aaron Nola's next step last?

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The Phillies on Sunday promoted Nola, who they selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 Draft, from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is expected to make his Triple-A debut later this week.

There has been plenty of focus on Nola's development this season because the big league club is on pace to lose more than 100 games. Fans want to see a light at the end of the tunnel, and Nola is one representation of that.

Nola went 7-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 12 starts with Reading. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier this season that he would not be surprised to see Nola with the Phillies before the end of the season.

Nola's promotion Sunday certainly improves those chances. Those chances would seem to be cemented if Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang are traded.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.