8/4/2013 11:35 P.M. ET
Coming off surgery, Adams eyes return to 'pen in '14
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- These days, everything for the Phillies is about the future.
Right-hander Mike Adams said Sunday at Citizens Bank Park he hopes he can help the Phillies' bullpen in 2014. He had right shoulder surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles and said it went better than expected. He said he not only expects to be ready to pitch come Spring Training, but compete during the regular season.
"I plan on it," he said. "Whether or not I'll be the pitcher I was a couple years ago, I don't know. I don't know if that velocity will ever come back, but as far as how I'll feel, [Dodgers physician Neal ElAttrache] said I should feel the best I've felt in a couple years. But I went into it more pessimistic and expecting the worst and I came out of it pretty well."
Adams said he could begin his throwing program in October, but he plans to wait a little longer to give himself more time to recover. But he said even if he begins to throw in late November or early December, he could be ready to go by the beginning of Spring Training in mid-February.
"Whatever the plan is when Spring Training starts, I don't know," he said. "But just the fact I will be able to participate in Spring Training is good."
Adams went into the surgery understanding that if the shoulder looked as bad as it could have looked he might need about 18 months to rehab, or his career might be over.
"It was just cleanup," he said, adding the rotator cuff did not need to be completely repaired.
If Adams can recover that quickly and compete effectively, it would be a boost to a bullpen that has been a disappointment. Its 4.26 ERA this season ranks 28th.
Brown expects to be back in lineup Wednesday
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown expects to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
He will begin a rehab assignment Monday, playing with Class A Lakewood in Hagerstown on Monday and with Double-A Reading in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
Brown has been on the concussion disabled list since July 23.
It will be interesting to see how the Phillies configure their lineup once Brown returns. They have committed to playing rookies Cody Asche and Darin Ruf fairly regularly the final two months of the season. Asche is playing third base, while Ruf can play first base and left field.
If Michael Young continues to play at first base with Asche at third, the Phillies appear to have a logjam in the outfield with Brown, Ruf, John Mayberry Jr. and Delmon Young. The Phillies could move Brown to right field, which is where he played coming up through the Minor Leagues.
Brown said Sunday he has not been asked about moving back to right field.
Of course, if that happens that means a potential playing time problem for Delmon Young.
Asked about the potential logjam in the outfield, Young said, "I'm not the manager. You'll have to ask [Charlie Manuel] on that one."
"We've got to figure that out yet," Manuel said. "That's a problem that we've got."
• Ruf went 2-for-4 Sunday against the Braves to reach base in 32 consecutive games. It is the longest active streak in the big leagues and longest for the Phillies since Chase Utley reached base safely in 33 consecutive games from Sept. 7, 2008 to April 22, 2009.
• Right-hander J.C. Ramirez has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.