6/22/2013 5:06 P.M. ET
Acquired for Lee in '09, Ramirez joins Phils
By Stephen Pianovich / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- J.C. Ramirez was part of the trade that sent Cliff Lee from Philadelphia to Seattle in 2009. And now, they're in the same clubhouse.
Ramirez, a right-handed reliever, was called up by the Phillies on Saturday. He will take the place of setup man Mike Adams, who landed on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.
The 24-year-old Ramirez has never pitched in the Majors, and joined the Phillies' farm system when they dealt Lee -- who rejoined the club in 2011 -- for Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies in December 2009.
Ramirez started the 2013 campaign with Doulbe-A Reading, but was quickly promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had a 6.53 ERA and allowed 40 hits in 30 1/3 innings for Lehigh Valley, but was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and two saves in his last eight games.
The 6-foot-4 native of Nicaragua was greeted with high-fives and pats on the back in the clubhouse. Ramirez is one of five Phillies relievers who did not begin the season with the Major League club, and he got some advice from fellow reliever Justin De Fratus before he throws his first Major League pitch.
"He's excited, but I tried to talk to him a little bit on how to approach things and what type of feelings he's going to get," De Fratus said. "I remember my debut in 2011, and I remember the feeling very clearly. I told him, 'You're going to be nervous, but don't try to fight it. Embrace being nervous, focus on the [catcher's] glove and throw the ball there.'"
Adams placed on DL with biceps tendinitis
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies setup man Mike Adams was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with biceps tendinitis in his throwing arm.
It is the second DL stint of the season for the right-hander, who missed more than two weeks in May with a strained back. Adams, 34, did not speak to reporters before Saturday's game against the Mets.
The Phillies signed Adams to a two-year, $12 million deal in the offseason, but he has not been efficient. He has noted that his arm had been giving him trouble recently. In 11 games since returning from his back injury, he had a 5.40 ERA with five walks and four strikeouts in 10 innings. He is 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 appearances on the season.
Right-hander J.C. Ramirez was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Adams' spot in the bullpen. In order for Ramirez to fit on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated infielder Michael Martinez for assignment. Martinez saw limited action in two separate Major League stints this season.
When Adams was out in May, lefty Antonio Bastardo assumed the setup role. Bastardo and closer Jonathan Papelbon are the only two active bullpen members who did not start the season in the Minors. Phillies relievers have combined for a 4.55 ERA, second-worst in the majors.
With Adams out and many new faces in the bullpen, Justin De Fratus said he and other relievers need to have the same mindset when they take the mound, regardless of when it happens.
"Every time we go out and pitch, the goal is to go out and hang a zero," De Fratus said. "It doesn't matter what inning it's in, the goal is to hang a zero. It's going to be tough missing a guy like Mike Adams, but we're confident enough to get the job done."
• Ryan Howard entered Saturday's game with a .405 average (15-for-37) in his last 10 games. He has had at least two hits in six of those games, including Friday, when he doubled twice.
• Chase Utley batted second again for the Phillies on Saturday in his second game back from a strained oblique. He went 0-for-5 Friday, but said he felt he has "overcome" the ailment.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.