Monday, May 4, 2015

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

Phillies pitcher Mike Adams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies pitcher Mike Adams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies pitcher Mike Adams. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer) Gallery: Phillies 3, Nationals 2

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."

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

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    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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