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.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.