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.

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.