Mike Adams sidelined for at least a few days with biceps injury

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Phillies reliever Mike Adams felt irritation in his right biceps and will be sidelined for at least a few days, writes Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Adams allowed a run in one inning of work in his most recent appearance on May 6 and was not used last night in a situation in which the Phillies could have used him: against the right-hander-heavy middle of the Milwaukee Brewer lineup.

Adams, the team’s set-up reliever behind closer Jonathan Papelbon, carries a 3.92 ERA. He was signed by the Phillies to a two-year, $12 million contract during the off-season, coming off of surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder. He insists his current injury isn’t related to the off-season procedure:

“It just seems like I get rid of one thing and something else pops up,” Adams said. “It’s not a big deal. It’s just an irritation.”

Adams’ average fastball velocity, according to PITCHf/x data, is 89.8 m.p.h. in 2013. Two years ago, he threw at an average of 92.7 m.p.h.

Diamondbacks return Rule 5 pick Tyler Jones to Yankees

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Diamondbacks’ right-hander Tyler Jones is headed back to the Yankees, the teams announced on Friday. The Diamondbacks had previously selected Jones in the Rule 5 draft last December, but elected to leave the 27-year-old off of their 40-man roster heading into the 2017 season. Rule 5 draft rules stipulate that when a player is not kept on the receiving team’s roster, the player must be offered back to his original team.

Jones signed a minor league contract with the Yankees prior to the 2016 season. He pitched to an impressive 2.17 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 13.2 SO/9 over 45 2/3 innings with Double-A Trenton, but was unable to make the leap to Triple-A or beyond during his stay with the organization.

Jones’ outlook with the Diamondbacks appeared slightly more promising. GM Mike Hazen described the righty as a power arm with a “good fastball and power curveball” after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft, and early reports indicated that Jones would be in the mix for a bullpen spot. A rough spring performance — underscored by his lack of experience at the Triple-A and major league levels — undid most of that confidence, however, and the Diamondbacks weren’t willing to keep him on the active roster throughout the entire 2017 season in order to acquire his control rights.

Jones is set to open the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, per a report from the Yankees.

Derek Norris signing with the Rays

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Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Norris was released by the Nationals nine days ago, made redundant by the Nats’ signing of Matt Wieters and by everyone sliding down a notch on the depth chart below him. Norris hit only .186/.255/.328 with 14 home runs and a .528 OPS for the Padres in 2016.

Still, there always seems to be a place for a backup catcher. For Norris that place is Tampa Bay.