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5/26/2013 1:09 P.M. ET

Adams 'excited' to be back with Phils' bullpen

WASHINGTON -- As expected, the Phillies activated relief pitcher Mike Adams off the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning, ahead of their afternoon game against the Nationals. The club had optioned fellow right-hander B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Saturday night's contest to open a spot on the 25-man roster.

Adams last pitched on May 10, and he was placed on the DL with a strained back. Sunday was the first day he was eligible to be activated.

"It's good," Adams said of the back issue. "It lasted about four or five days of actual pain, and after that, it was gone. The past week, it's been more of getting the arm back in throwing shape. You take a week off throwing, it takes a toll on you, not throwing for such a long time. But everything's good to go now, and I'm excited about getting back out there."

Adams threw a bullpen session on Wednesday at Marlins Park when the Phillies were in Miami. At that point, the team did not expect him back until this coming Tuesday or Wednesday.

But the 34-year-old threw another bullpen session on Friday in Clearwater, Fla., and felt good enough afterward to skip a rehab appearance at Class A Clearwater that had been scheduled for Monday.

Adams is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances this season, his first with the Phillies. He has struck out 19 and walked six over 15 innings.

Rosenberg was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA in three innings over three appearances for the Phillies this season.

Cloyd looking forward to facing Sox at Fenway

WASHINGTON -- When Phillies right-hander Tyler Cloyd was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start this past Tuesday in Miami, he looked ahead and saw that he would be in line to take the ball again on Monday in Boston. He quickly passed along that news to his older brother, Troy, as the two of them had grown up as Red Sox fans despite living in Nebraska.

"Right when I got called up, I told him and said, 'If I stay up, I'll be able to go to Boston and pitch the first game there,'" Cloyd said. "So I kind of rubbed it in a little bit."

Cloyd and his brother always had wanted to take in a game at Fenway Park but never got the chance. Now the 26-year-old will get the chance to pitch there, in only his ninth Major League start and third this season.

"To go there and actually be able to pitch, it's going to be fun," Cloyd said. "I'm definitely looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll go there and keep going with this success."

Cloyd is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA over his first two starts as he fills in for the injured Roy Halladay. Although this outing might have some extra excitement attached to it, he is trying to take it in stride.

"You can imagine how loud it gets there, and that atmosphere, obviously, is always great," Cloyd said of Fenway. "Every game, you've got to just cool your emotions and just go out and pitch. It's just another baseball game, just a different atmosphere."

Although Cloyd's brother recently welcomed a baby girl and won't be able to make the trip to Boston, Tyler knows his brother is excited about his opportunity.

The two of them grew up as huge baseball fans. They loved to watch the Braves' pitching staff when it included Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, but their team was the Red Sox. He still remembers them watching the 2004 World Series, when Boston snapped its long championship drought.

"It was crazy," Cloyd said. "It was a fun time to sit there with him and see that happen."

Worth noting

• Humberto Quintero got the start at catcher on Sunday, his first since the Phillies brought him up from Lehigh Valley on Monday in place of the injured Carlos Ruiz. This is Quintero's second stint with Philadelphia this season, and his eighth start overall.

Erik Kratz had been behind the plate for the previous five games, his longest such streak this season.

• Right fielder Delmon Young, who is 5-for-15 with two home runs over his past four games, got his first start of the year in the cleanup spot.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @HitTheCutoff. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.