Phillies could add Mike Adams to bullpen Monday

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Mike Adams has been sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery in July, but the Phillies reliever could be cleared to come off the disabled list as soon as Monday if a weekend minor-league rehab appearance at Triple-A goes well.

Adams signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Phillies last offseason after a five-year run as a dominant setup man for the Padres and Rangers, but wasn’t his usual self last season in 28 appearances before being shut down.

Interestingly, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Adams’ velocity has been in the high-80s during his recent Single-A game action, which is a few miles per hour off from his Padres/Rangers days, and the right-hander seems sort of resigned to no longer throwing as hard at age 35. So expectations should probably be held in check.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.