MIAMI -- Terry Adams felt this day was close. He spent a lot of time looking over his shoulder, a side effect of a veteran struggling mightily.
After his latest in a season of ineffective outings, the Phillies designated the reliever for assignment on Tuesday, and replaced him with Amaury Telemaco.
"We felt it was time to do something different," said manager Charlie Manuel. "I've been putting Terry out there, trying to get him to where he can start helping. We came to the conclusion that he needs some work. If he'll accept going to Scranton and gets straightened out, he can fit in our plans down the road."
Adams wasn't helping this season, as he compiled an 0-2 record with a 12.83 ERA in 16 appearances, 10 of which he allowed at least one run. After Monday's outing against the Marlins at Dolphins Stadium, he sat for a long time in the visitors' clubhouse, staring at a blank television screen.
"Every time I see [general manager] Ed Wade or [assistant GM] Ruben [Amaro Jr.] walking by, I think they're going to come talk to me," Adams said last week. "Every time I have a bad outing, I wonder if I'm going to get the call. It's not something I'm accustomed to."
That call came on Tuesday, and the Phillies hope Adams will accept the Minor League assignment. Adams must let the Phillies know by Friday if he plans to accept. If he doesn't, the Phillies would have to either trade him or grant him his unconditional release.
"When we met with him, I told him that I thought he could still help us, but we need to get him straightened out," said Wade.
Pitching coach Rich Dubee also was there for the morning discussion. He felt Adams had been making progress during bullpen sessions, but it didn't translate to the field.
"Somewhere along the road you need to get some confidence and get going in the right direction," Dubee said. "What comes first, success or confidence? You have to get some success to have confidence, and he hasn't been able to do that."
Adams suggested last week that he wouldn't accept a Minor League assignment, though that could change now that he actually has the choice to make. Wade conveyed that the early indication was that he was leaning toward accepting.
Signed to a $500,000 contract in January, Adams thought he might be gone when Kenny Lofton or Jim Thome came off the disabled list, but he survived both moves. But his poor pitching ultimately decided his fate.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.