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CornBelters pitcher Ryan Demmin reaches back against the Greys Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Corn Crib in Normal. Demmin, who was 6-5 with the Belters, had his contract purchased by Philadelphia and will join the Phillies’ Class A South Atlantic League affiliate in Lakewood, N.J.(Pantagraph/CARLOS T. MIRANDA)

NORMAL — Normal CornBelters manager Brooks Carey expected it weeks ago, but it finally happened Wednesday.

Left-hander Ryan Demmin had his contract purchased by Philadelphia and will join the Phillies’ Class A South Atlantic League team in Lakewood, N.J.

“I’m thrilled to death for Ryan,” Carey said. “I thought it was going to happen earlier, and I thought it should have happened earlier. He’s one of the best left-handed starters I’ve had in the last seven or eight years.”

Demmin, who previously spent time in the Washington Nationals organization, had a 6-5 record with the Belters. He ranked fourth in the Frontier League with a 2.20 ERA and second with 90 strikeouts.

He pitched in the Frontier League All-Star Game in July.

“It feels good to get my foot in the door and do what I do best,” Demmin said. “I’ll try to impress someone then go to spring training and make another club.”

Demmin’s departure sends Carey looking for starters. Another member of the rotation, Luis Noel, was placed on the 7-day injured list Wednesday.

“That’s one of my job descriptions to help kids get either their first shot at affiliated ball or in Ryan’s case his second,” said Carey. “It’s bittersweet. It’s always a thrill for me even though we just lost our ace.”

Game postponed: Wednesday night’s Frontier League game between the Normal and the Schaumburg Boomers at the Corn Crib was postponed because of inclement weather prior to game time.

The game will be made up today as part of a doubleheader of two seven-inning games beginning at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Tickets for Wednesday’s game can be exchanged at the Corn Crib box office for any remaining regular season home game (based on availability).

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