Injury updates on Mike Adams, Cliff Lee and Cody Asche

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Phillies pitchers Cliff Lee and Mike Adams. (Staff Photos)

There is no damage to Mike Adams' rotator cuff, and that offered relief to the 35-year-old righthander. Still, Adams will require a cortisone injection later this weekend in an effort to strengthen the area around his labrum, which is fraying, according to an MRI examination.

"It was a lot better than I expected," Adams said.

Adams will not throw for at least 10 days. He is likely to miss about a month's time 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.

>>> Amother 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 a month for a throwing program and rehab games before he is ready.

Again, that would allow Lee to make a handful of starts prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

>>> Third baseman Cody Asche (left hamstring strain) is playing in simulated games in Clearwater, Fla. He could start a rehab assignment on Friday, so he is no closer than a week from his return. Sandberg is not sure how many games Asche will require.


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