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.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.