Mike Adams 'didn't want to steal money' from Phillies

Phillies pitcher Mike Adams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Mike Adams will pitch in a game for the first time in nearly 3 months tonight in Allentown.

Adams, placed on the disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation on June 7, will begin a rehab assignment at Triple A Lehigh Valley. The 36-year-old veteran reliever hopes to close out an injury-riddled two seasons with the Phillies on a positive note.

Adams has pitched in 47 games in the last two seasons after signing a 2-year, $12 million deal two winters ago. The contract included an option for a third year that could have become guaranteed had Adams pitched at least 60 innings this season; he's pitched 17 innings.

"When I signed here 2 years ago, I expected a lot more than what I've done," Adams said. "There probably isn't anyone more disappointed by the situation than myself. I proclaimed it would be a good 3-year deal, and, obviously, it hasn't worked out that way. I said I didn't want to steal money, and that's exactly what happened. Right now, the most important thing is to stay healthy and finished this last month, and what happens after that happens."

Adams, who has had 11 surgeries during his 10-year career, said he'd like to continue pitching next season.


Ben Revere, who entered the night tied with Colorado's Justin Morneau in the NL batting race, went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .311 . . . No player in major league history went longer between his first and second career RBI than Phillies righthander Jerome Williams, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Williams' second-inning RBI on Sunday, on a squeeze bunt, was the second RBI of his career and first since Sept. 11, 2003. Williams went 4,000 days in between his first and second career RBI . . . Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53 ERA) will square off with fellow lefty and former Phillies prospect Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83) tonight. Hamels has a 1.77 ERA in his last 16 starts. In tomorrow's series finale, righthanders Kyle Kendrick (6-11, 4.93) and Doug Fister (12-4, 2.38) are on tap to pitch.

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