Mike Adams held out Sunday due to back spasms

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Mike Adams allowed a run in his most recent appearance on May 10 against the Diamondbacks. He had the day off on Saturday, but was unavailable today in the series finale in Arizona due to back spasms. The 34-year-old’s absence forced Jonathan Papelbon to be used a day after converting a five-out save, a fact that made Adams apprehensive.

Via Matt Gelb:

Mike Adams waited for Papelbon to arrive before disclosing his own news. The setup man asked the closer if he could pitch.

“I’m good to go,” Papelbon told him.

“Good,” Adams said, “because I’m not.”

Adams was sidelined by back spasms he said occurred within the last five minutes of batting practice before Sunday’s 4-2 win. He tried loosening up and the training staff applied treatment to no avail.

Adams had off-season surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder. He has a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings so far in his first season with the Phillies after they signed him to a two-year, $12 million dollar contract.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.