He never pitched more than five innings in a game for the Threshers. Now he will face more experienced hitters.
"I want to see how he can handle that level, and there is a good chance he starts there next year," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "He still has innings to get in August to build him up to 2015, and he has earned this challenge."
Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked before Saturday's game against the Nationals if Nola, 21, could be a candidate for a spring-training invitation to compete for a spot in the Phillies rotation.
"From the reports that I've heard and the stuff that he has, that wouldn't surprise me," Sandberg said. "He was supposed to be a guy on a fast track right from when he was signed, so depending on how he does in the next month . . . that wouldn't shock me by any means."
Domonic Brown, who had strep throat last month around the all-star break, has it again, Sandberg said. Saturday was the fourth consecutive day that Brown wasn't in the starting lineup. Sandberg first mentioned he was ill on Friday.
When asked about Brown's status, Sandberg said: "Day to day. Out through the weekend, I would imagine."
Nothing new on Lee
Cliff Lee, who on Thursday suffered a reoccurrence of the left-elbow strain that sidelined him more than two months, was supposed to see Steve Cohen, the team's orthopedic surgeon. Sandberg, however, had no word from the meeting. Any tests, such as an MRI, are not expected until the Phillies return home Sunday.
Revere hot vs. lefties
Among all National League lefthanded hitters, centerfielder Ben Revere entered the game with the highest batting average against lefthanded pitchers. He was 32 for 92 (.348).
"In this division we have so many great lefties," Revere said. "Starters and in the bullpen, the more you face them the more you get [used to it]."