Phillies could add Mike Adams to bullpen Monday

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Mike Adams has been sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery in July, but the Phillies reliever could be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Monday if a weekend minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A goes well.

Adams signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Phillies last offseason after a five-year run as a dominant setup man for the Padres and Rangers, but wasn’t his usual self last season in 28 appearances before being shut down.

Interestingly, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Adams’ velocity has been in the high-80s during his recent Single-A game action, which is a few miles per hour off from his Padres/Rangers days, and the right-hander seems sort of resigned to no longer throwing as hard at age 35. So expectations should probably be held in check.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.