Phillies put Mike Adams back on the DL

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Phillies set-up man Mike Adams is back on the disabled list for a second time, per CSN Philly’s Mike Wisniewski. His first stint was due to a back strain that kept him out May 11-26. This time, he is dealing with biceps tendinitis. It had been nagging him throughout the month of June, but the right-hander was able to avoid the DL until now.

Adams was commonly found in the 92-94 MPH range with his fastball in previous years, but has averaged under 90 MPH this year in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. The 34-year-old hasn’t pitched since Wednesday and has had uncharacteristic control issues at times.

To fill Adams’ spot on the roster, the Phillies promoted J.C. Ramirez, a right-hander acquired along with Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners in December 2009. Pitching out of the bullpen, Ramirez posted a 5.30 ERA in 37.1 combined innings between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?