CINCINNATI - For 18 games, Mike Adams' twice-repaired right shoulder held together. The 35-year-old reliever won Ryne Sandberg's trust in key situations and resembled the pitcher the Phillies once signed to a $12 million contract. Then he threw 27 pitches one night at Citizens Bank Park, and the pain returned.
Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with more shoulder inflammation. He is concerned; an injection Monday during a doctor's appointment is possible. It is a blow to a weak Phillies bullpen while another possible trade asset is damaged.
Hard-throwing righthander Kenny Giles will replace Adams in the bullpen. Giles, the 23-year-old cause celebre of a tortured fan base, will arrive Sunday at Great American Ballpark and may become the team's 22d pitcher used in 2014.
Giles has a 1.88 ERA in 24 games at double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley with 38 strikeouts and 13 walks. His numbers were not as dominant after the promotion last month to Allentown.
"He's had some good outings," Sandberg said. "He's the next guy in line for us."
Adams was the bullpen's main righthanded setup man. He asked for two days off after his outing May 30, when he walked three Mets. He did not pitch for a week, but after five pitches to record one out Friday, there was no improvement.
Adams started the season on the disabled list as he recovered from major surgery last July. He has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings with 20 strikeouts and seven walks. He recaptured his form as an effective reliever.
"That's probably the most frustrating part," Adams said. "I felt like pitching-wise, I had gotten back to where I was in the past."
Multiple Phillies executives strongly refuted a recent report in the Houston Chronicle that prospect Domingo Santana was accidentally included as a player to be named in the 2011 trade for Hunter Pence. That, of course, does not relieve the sting of what could become a lopsided deal.
Ed Wade, then-Astros general manager and now a Phillies special assistant, agreed to a list of players the Astros could choose on July 29, 2011. Santana was one. Houston followed Santana for the next two weeks and chose him Aug. 15. The Phillies also dealt Jon Singleton and Jarred Cosart, their best prospects at the time.
Santana, 21, has an .853 OPS with nine homers at triple-A Oklahoma City. He hit 25 home runs last season and 23 in 2012.
Domonic Brown had his first three-hit game since April 4. He has hits in eight of his last nine games. . . . Jimmy Rollins is six hits shy of breaking Mike Schmidt's franchise hit record.
Phillies Notes: Fireballer Gets a Promotion
These are the 2014 minor-league statistics, through Friday, for Kenny Giles, who was called up by the Phils.
G IP ERA H BB SO
Reading (AA) 13 15 1.20 8 5 29
Lehigh Valley (AAA) 11 132/3 2.63 10 8 9
Totals 24 282/3 1.88 18 13 38