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June 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Rich Dubee called a meeting Monday for his relievers, just as he does at the start of every series. His makeshift Phillies bullpen assembled in a small weight room attached to the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park, and there was more than just talk about the San Diego hitters. "It's an opportunity for all of these kids," Dubee said. "A golden opportunity. " That is because the bullpen is in shambles. Three relievers were placed on the disabled list in eight days, none more concerning than $12 million setup man Mike Adams.
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June 10, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Mike Adams grabbed a seat in front of a laptop in the visitors clubhouse and searched for answers in the form of video. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols stopped and chatted. While seated, Adams mimicked his pitching motion. Later, pitching coach Rich Dubee acted as his sounding board. The Phillies agreed to pay Adams $12 million over two seasons so he could bring stability to the eighth inning. The pitcher has a history of injuries and his latest, described as "biceps irritation," complicates the relief situation.
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March 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Mike Adams took the mound in a Phillies uniform for the first time Thursday, and afterward, was asked to compare how he felt physically to the same time last spring. Adams didn't have a good answer because there wasn't one. There wasn't any comparison. After rising through the San Diego Padres' bullpen to become one of the game's best setup men, Adams was entering his first full season with the Texas Rangers last spring when his shoulder began bothering him. And then he felt numbness in his pitching hand, struggling to grip the ball.
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December 22, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some of the Phillies' recent risks with relief pitchers haven't exactly panned out. There was the two-year, $5.25 million contract they gave to Danys Baez before the 2010 season and the two-year deal worth $5 million they gave to the 39-year-old (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Jose Contreras after the 2010 season. There was also the infamous $1.15 million spent on Chad Qualls before the 2012 season. For $11.4 million, the Phillies got a combined 7-9 record, five saves, and a 5.30 ERA from that trio of veteran relievers.
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May 14, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - After pitching in three of the previous four games, Mike Adams didn't warm up on Saturday, when fellow reliever Jonathan Papelbon pitched a five-out save. Yesterday, Adams wasn't available again. But this time it wasn't related to his workload. Adams is day-to-day with back spasms. The veteran set-up man said he first felt them while shagging in the outfield during batting practice before yesterday's game. "I felt it right at the end of BP . . . the last 5 minutes of BP it grabbed me," Adams said.
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December 17, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Until Saturday, it was an uncharacteristically quiet offseason for these Phillies, still smarting from their first postseason absence in six years. They finally spent money on the 42d day of free agency by reaching agreements with a setup man and fifth starter in the span of hours. Mike Adams, one of the game's dominant late-inning relievers, agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with a vesting option for a third year, according to a source. The Phillies also signed John Lannan to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, according to CBSSports.com.
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June 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Mike Adams stood in front of the dugout Tuesday and watched his Phillies teammates stretch. Hours earlier, he had received news his season could be over because of three tears in his right shoulder. He donned his uniform anyway. "Hey, Mike," a fan yelled from the stands. "How's it going?" "Not too bad," Adams said as he turned away. The reliever hid his disappointment. Rather than pitch the eighth inning for the sinking Phillies, he must debate whether to have yet another surgery on his shoulder or take a conservative approach to strengthening muscles around his torn labrum and rotator cuff.
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February 15, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Mike Adams first heard the news, he paused. St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter's career has likely succumbed to the same condition - thoracic outlet syndrome - that Adams underwent surgery for months ago, and his reaction was natural. What if? Adams, the Phillies' top free-agent acquisition, placed a call to Gregory Pearl, the doctor who performed his surgery in October. Pearl told Adams he also did Carpenter's surgery. "The doctor told me he was a little upset [Carpenter]
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March 2, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - One day, Mike Adams decided to try to become the best setup man in baseball. Closing is where the money, the fame, and all of the extravagant entrances to rock songs reside. Adams, now a $12 million man, found plenty of value in what he does: pitch in the eighth inning. "It's crazy," Adams said Thursday after his first Phillies spring outing. "My role is, if not as difficult, maybe sometimes more difficult than the closer. " Adams knows this because he has seen the numbers.
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February 15, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As is the routine every spring, pitching coach Rich Dubee was asked Thursday which of the Phillies' pitchers had impressed him the most in the first 2 days of camp. Dubee either wasn't necessarily bowled over by any one pitcher or simply didn't want to show his hand. The manager, on the other hand, didn't bother putting on a poker face. When Mike Adams' name came up in the daily press gathering with Dubee and Charlie Manuel, the manager's eyebrows rose with excitement.
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April 4, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It's rarely the harbinger of a great baseball season when a general manager has to begin things by apologizing at the outset for insulting one of the best players in franchise history. That, however, is how the glorious 2015 season began for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. He privately told Ryan Howard he was sorry for saying the Phils would be better off without the big first baseman on the roster. The apology was sincere insofar as Amaro did truly wish he hadn't said that out loud, but the meat of the issue - that the GM would prefer Howard were somewhere else - is not as easy to deny.
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January 25, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Eagles' new defensive backs coach won't have the same Pro Bowl talent in Philadelphia that he did in Denver. Three of the four starters from the Broncos secondary are in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, which reflects well on Cory Undlin, who came to the Eagles from Denver this week. But Undlin can't bring the Pro Bowlers with him. Cornerback Aqib Talib, cornerback Chris Harris, and safety T.J. Ward are all in the Pro Bowl from Denver's secondary. Undlin also coached Colts safety Mike Adams, who made the Pro Bowl in his first season after leaving Denver.
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November 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE REC LEAGUE basketball season hasn't started yet in Monkton, Md., so neighbors A.J. Burnett and Scott Proefrock haven't worked on the coaching sidelines together since the Phillies season ended a month ago. Proefrock, the assistant general manager, hasn't even seen Burnett, the veteran pitcher, in October. "I've been up here [Philadelphia] and in Florida," said Proefrock, who coached with Burnett on their sons' basketball team last winter. "I know he went away for his wife's birthday last weekend.
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October 29, 2014
RIGHTHANDER B.J. Rosenberg cleared waivers yesterday and was outrighted to Triple A Lehigh Valley. The move leaves the Phillies with 38 players on their 40-man roster. Additional space will come within the week, when eligible players file for agency following the conclusion of the World Series. Righthanders Kyle Kendrick and Mike Adams are eligible to become free agents, along with veteran backup catcher Wil Nieves. Outfielder Grady Sizemore and righthander Jerome Williams, who both were eligible to be free agents, signed 1-year deals to return to the Phillies last week.
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September 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels has dominated many hitters, but Washington journeyman leftfielder Scott Hairston isn't one of them. Hairston proved to be a nemesis again Sunday by belting a game-deciding sacrifice fly that almost left the park in the sixth inning of Washington's 3-2 win over the Phillies at Nationals Park. "I thought it was a homer," Hamels said. For his career, Hairston is 18 for 48 (.375) with five home runs and 10 RBIs against Hamels. "When he played for the Padres and Mets, he put up some pretty good numbers," Hamels said.
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August 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
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August 27, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco started at third base and batted third Monday night for triple-A Lehigh Valley, his team for one more week. The minor-league season ends Sept. 1. That is the day major-league rosters can be expanded, although there is no decision on Franco's next destination. Franco, who turns 22 on Tuesday, had hits in 10 of his 16 weekend at-bats. He hit for the cycle Saturday and smacked his 15th homer of the season Monday night. But there may not be enough playing time in meaningless September games for Franco.
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August 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Infielder Freddy Galvis, whose season was delayed when he contracted MRSA in March, was recalled by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment. The fact that Galvis is a switch-hitter factored in the decision. Brignac bats lefthanded. "With our infield being lefthanded hitters and Reid being a lefthanded bat, it was tough to get him some spots," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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July 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is little doubt Cliff Lee will step onto the Nationals Park mound in Washington on Thursday, just three hours after the non-waiver trade deadline strikes. He has pitched 102/3 innings in two starts and permitted nine runs on 21 hits since his return from a strained left elbow. No contender will add Lee, not until the ace recaptures some dominance. The Phillies could benefit from the short-term uncertainty that surrounds Lee. They will expose him to waivers next month - just as most teams do with their players - and Lee should go unclaimed.
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June 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A timetable for Cliff Lee's return from a strained left elbow crystallized Monday, and the Phillies star lefthander could be sidelined until after the all-star break. Lee, by all accounts, has progressed well from the injury that forced him to the disabled list May 19. But the process to rebuild arm strength requires time. The Phillies will be deliberate with Lee. "He is passing all the tests," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Lee will throw an elongated bullpen session Tuesday, one that will simulate downtime between innings.
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