4/11/2014 11:23 P.M. ET
Adams on verge of returning to Phillies' bullpen
Out since July, reliever could be activated Monday after rehab outing Saturday
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' bullpen needs help, and it hopes Mike Adams is a solution.
Adams could rejoin the team as early as Monday following a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Adams has not pitched for the Phillies since last July, when he had right shoulder surgery. Nobody knows how he will perform once he returns, but the Phillies hope he offers at least a little stability to a bullpen that has struggled through nine games.
Their 'pen has a 4.81 ERA, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. It has allowed 60 percent (6-of-10) of its inherited runners to score, which is the second-highest mark in the game.
"I feel great," Adams said Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. "Everything has gone above and beyond what I've expected. The bouncebacks have been great. The soreness [has been minimal]. I'm just looking forward to tomorrow."
The Phillies signed Adams to a two-year, $12 million contract before the 2013 season, but he has made only 28 appearances. His fastball averaged 91.3 mph in 2012, when he pitched for the Rangers. It averaged just 89.8 mph last season, according to FanGraphs.
Adams said his velocity during his rehab assignment has been 89-90 mph.
"It's around where I was last year, I guess," Adams said. "Maybe a little better. Hopefully coming up here and getting into a big league ballgame, I can trigger a few extra notches, but we'll see what happens. The main thing is I've been locating pretty well, changing speeds and working on a few things. The main thing is as long as I keep the ball down, 89-90, that'll work."
Burnett exits game with groin soreness
PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels could rejoin the Phillies' rotation as early as April 22.
But will A.J. Burnett be there with him?
Burnett left Friday's game against the Marlins in the fifth inning with what the team called "groin soreness." He will be evaluated Saturday. The right-hander said his right groin affected him intermittently throughout the game, in which he allowed two runs on five hits and six walks while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.
"It was in and out," Burnett said. "It was pretty uncomfortable the last inning, but it came on early and went away. That's why I didn't feel like it was too serious.
"Pretty much every pitch out of the stretch, more so out of the windup, the last inning I felt it a lot. That ain't me. I don't walk guys like that. I'm going to walk my guys here and there, but I couldn't throw the ball anywhere I wanted to. Hopefully we'll find out tomorrow that it's not that bad."
Burnett, 37, also walked six batters in 5 2/3 innings in his previous start Sunday at Wrigley Field, but he said he did not have any problems before Friday's start.
"I'd just say it felt more snug that anything," he said. "Like everything was tight, opposed to something going. I guess that's a positive. I tried to mask it, but I guess I didn't, huh? ... I'm not too concerned about it, but then again, you never know. I'm not a spring chicken anymore. But it takes a lot to get me out of the ballgame. I'm not happy about that."
Revere sits out with tenderness in ribs
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere did not start against the Marlins on Friday because of tenderness in his ribs. He is listed as day to day.
Revere hit the turf hard a couple of times Wednesday trying to make diving catches at Citizens Bank Park. He played Thursday, but it affected his swing. Tony Gwynn Jr. started in Revere's place on Friday against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.
"It's a good chance to let him mend up a little bit," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Phillies activate Galvis from DL; option Hernandez
PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis rejoined the Phillies on Friday after opening the season on the disabled list while he recovered from an infection in his left knee.
Galvis, who had Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is arguably the team's best defensive player. He also is versatile because he can play multiple positions, including the outfield.
The Phillies optioned infielder Cesar Hernandez to Double-A Reading to make room for Galvis. They sent Hernandez to Double-A instead of Triple-A because there are less-established infielders at Double-A, which will allow Hernandez the flexibility to play multiple positions during the season.
"He's going to play a lot of third base and some shortstop as well," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He'll also mix in some second base. But we really want him to get more experience on the left side of the infield for him and for us. We're trying to enhance his ability as a utility man."
• Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday with Class A Clearwater. He is expected to make one more next Thursday before potentially joining the Phillies' rotation April 22 in Los Angeles.
• Right-hander Seth Rosin has cleared waivers and has been returned to the Phillies. The Mets selected Rosin in the Rule 5 Draft in December. They traded him to the Dodgers, but Los Angeles did not keep him on its 25-man roster. The Rangers claimed him March 26. He went 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three appearances before being designated for assignment. Rosin will pitch in the bullpen with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
• Former Phillies left-hander Rheal Cormier will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game.
• Carlos Ruiz is hosting his "Get in the Game" bowling and billiards tournament for Philadelphia Futures on Sunday at North Bowl in Philadelphia. Proceeds will support the "college dreams of Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students. More than 400 guests will attend the sold-out private event. This is the 14th year the Phillies and Philadelphia Futures have partnered. "Get in the Game" has raised more than $1.6 million to support Philadelphia Futures' students.
• Jimmy and Johari Rollins recently hired Mina Sabet as executive director of the Rollins Family Foundation. Sabet is a former executive producer at NBC10 in Philadelphia. The foundation will host a Bollywood Bash at the Union League in Philadelphia on May 14.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.