Adams had been on the disabled list with a mild back strain. The Phillies said last week they planned to have Adams make a rehab appearance Monday with Class A Clearwater before activating him Tuesday or Wednesday. But after a bullpen session Friday in Clearwater, Fla., the Phillies moved up his return to Sunday, despite the fact Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Adams looked rusty.
"He needs work," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He definitely needs work. The part that was discouraging was 30 pitches. That means that we can't use him tomorrow. He threw some balls that were close and he ended up walking some. … He felt like he could pitch, and if he threw to some hitters [Friday in Clearwater], he would be ready to go."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.