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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.