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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Mike Adams set to begin rehab assignment

By on 8/24/2014 11:15:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to a 57-72 record this season, last in the National League East. Not much has gone right for a team that was one of the best in baseball from 2007 through 2011. One bright spot has been the recent performance out of the bullpen, as Ken Giles, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon have a combined ERA of 1.29 in August. There is more good news for the bullpen, as veteran Mike Adams is set to begin a rehab assignment.

As reported by Jordan Hall of, Adams has been out since early June with inflammation in the rotator cuff. It appears Adams may have a chance to return sometime in September, as he will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. Manager Ryne Sandberg appears somewhat surprised by the progression of Adams.
“In some regards. He was in Florida doing his throwing program and progressed rather quickly, I would say in the last week or so to actually get him to joining Lehigh Valley.”
The one-time best setup man in baseball has struggled due to injuries the past couple of seasons. The Phillies have an option on Adams for 2015 and will be interesting to see what the Phillies plan on doing with him. With the performance of the back end of the Phillies bullpen, the best place for Adams may be more sixth or seventh inning, but Sandberg says Adams will be in the mix for the back end of the pen.

Adams has pitched well this season, coming off surgery. Last season, he struggled to a 1-4 recrod and a 3.96 ERA after being one of the premiere setup men in baseball for most of his career.  In 19 games this season, Adams is 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA. In 17 innings, he's allowed 13 hits and seven walks, while striking out 20.

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