Phillies Notes: Adams 'optimistic' about test results on shoulder

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. greets Aaron Nola at Citizens Bank Park. Composure and fastball command drew the Phillies to the former LSU righthander.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. greets Aaron Nola at Citizens Bank Park. Composure and fastball command drew the Phillies to the former LSU righthander. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 12, 2014

Too often, Mike Adams said, he has heard somber news from a doctor about his right shoulder.

"I was already planning for the worst based on history and how my shoulder was feeling," Adams said. "But getting those results back . . . I'm optimistic again."

There is no damage to Adams' rotator cuff, the part of the shoulder that required surgery last July. Still, the Phillies righthander will require a cortisone injection later this week in an effort to strengthen the area around his labrum, which is fraying, according to an MRI examination.

Adams, 35, will not throw for at least 10 days. He is likely to miss about a month if everything breaks right. His last appearance was June 6. That could leave a small window for rival teams to evaluate Adams, who had a 2.12 ERA before his injury.

His history of shoulder problems, though, could lessen any return in a trade.

Lee improves

Another possible trade asset is Cliff Lee, who is "very close to picking up a ball," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Lee has not thrown since May 19 because of a strained left elbow. He could need up to a month of a throwing program and rehab games before he is ready.

That would allow Lee to make a handful of starts before the July 31 trade deadline.

Extra bases

Third baseman Cody Asche (left hamstring strain) is playing in simulated games in Clearwater, Fla. He could start a rehab assignment Friday, so he is no closer than a week from his return. Sandberg is not sure how many games Asche will require. . . . The Phillies will celebrate 50 years since Jim Bunning's Father's Day perfect game on Sunday. Bunning will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Teammates Dick Allen, Cookie Rojas, and John Herrnstein will attend. Art Garfunkel will sing "God Bless America" and the team will wear 1964 replica uniforms.

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