8/25/2014 7:03 P.M. ET
Adams focused on finishing season healthy
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Injured Phillies reliever Mike Adams just wants to finish the season healthy and on a mound in the Majors. He says it's the most important thing for his career right now.
Adams is on the disabled list for the second time this season, the result of inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He's set to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Adams has been limited to 19 appearances this season but is optimistic he can pitch for the Phillies in September.
"Hopefully, I can continue on the same path with everything and hopefully it all holds up," said Adams, who estimated he had only 20 percent off his rotator cuff still intact. "There's still a month left. It's a long month."
Adams had been working out in Clearwater, Fla., where he threw two live batting practice sessions and four bullpen sessions. During that time, he changed his mechanics to take some stress off his shoulder, shortening his delivery and staying more in line with the catcher.
"I can tell my shoulder is getting stronger and stronger every time I get on a mound," he said.
Adams is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million contract. He has pitched just 42 innings over the past two seasons, including 17 innings this year.
"When I signed here two years ago, I expected a lot more than what I've done," Adams said. "There's probably nobody more disappointed about that whole situation than myself. I didn't want to steal money, and that's exactly what happened. So right now, the most important thing is to try and stay healthy and finish this next month."
Phils mulling over September callup for Franco
PHILADELPHIA -- Maikel Franco is putting up some impressive numbers for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the Phillies say they have not decided if the corner infielder will be called up to the Majors once rosters expand Sept. 1.
"We haven't made a final decision on it, but we're still discussing it internally," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday. "There are a lot of different factors. We still have time to make a decision on it."
One of those factors is playing time.
Franco, the organization's No. 3 prospect, could help the Phillies offensively. He hit for the cycle on Saturday and is batting .313 in the second half after struggling at the plate early in the season. Over his last 10 games entering Monday, he had a .375 average with three home runs and seven RBIs.
But Franco, who turns 22 on Tuesday, likely would not play every day in the Majors. He's blocked at first base by Ryan Howard and at third base by Cody Asche.
"The biggest thing for him is playing time, and making sure this is the right thing, the right atmosphere and the right time -- not atmosphere as much as playing time," Amaro said. "We'd like to assess some other things."