PHILADELPHIA -- There's still a chance Mike Adams will pitch for the Phillies again this season. The reliever is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Adams has been on the disabled list since June 7 due to inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He had a 2.12 ERA in 19 appearances before the injury. Adams has been working out at the club's Spring Training complex in Clearwater, Fla., and will join the Phils on Monday for a workout at Citizens Bank Park before going to Lehigh Valley.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he's been surprised "in some regards" by Adams' recovery.
"He was in Florida doing his throwing program and progressed rather quickly, I would say in the last week or so, to actually get him to joining Lehigh Valley," Sandberg said.
Adams is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million contract. He has a $6 million club option for 2015 that vests automatically if he throws 60 innings this season. The option jumps to $6.5 million if he throws 120 innings in 2013-14. Neither will happen. He has worked 42 innings over the past two seasons, including 17 innings this year.
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less