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.
Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games following his second positive test for a drug of abuse, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Roberts, 22, is currently ranked the Cardinals’ tenth-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft and signed for a $1.66 million bonus, after which he split his first year in pro ball between the rookie-level GCL Cardinals and High-A Palm Beach Cardinals. He finished his run in 2018 with a combined seven runs, four walks, and 13 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings across the two levels, and projects as a potential major-league starter (or solid righty reliever) after touching up his fastball-slider combo and proving he can command the ball on a consistent basis.
Whether he’ll emerge from A-level ball with a more concrete idea of his future role with the team will have to wait until he’s reinstated from the restricted list. He should be eligible to rejoin the Cardinals’ minor league affiliate sometime in mid- to late-May 2019.