Burnett won't miss start; Adams to return Tuesday

Burnett won't miss start; Adams to return Tuesday
April 14, 2014, 4:45 pm
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A.J. Burnett (left) has a 3.94 ERA in three starts this season. Mike Adams hasn't pitched for the Phillies since last June. (USA Today Images)

Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett has been diagnosed with a hernia, but the team says it can be managed and he will make his scheduled start on Wednesday.

Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Burnett had a "small inguinal hernia." Burnett was treated with an anti-inflammatory injection and the Phillies say he's OK to pitch.

"This can be managed and he can pitch with it," Proefrock said.

Burnett was bothered by pain in his groin during his last start. He's 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts for the Phillies and has walked six batters in each of his last two outings.

The Phillies likely would have used David Buchanan if Burnett could not have answered the bell. Buchanan is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Adams update
Reliever Mike Adams is expected to be activated from the disabled list and added to the bullpen in time for Tuesday's game. Adams, recovering from July shoulder surgery, threw an inning for Lehigh Valley on Saturday night.

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Monday that Adams was ready to go, but the team and the pitcher both decided to take one more day just to make sure he is ready.

Hot hand
Tony Gwynn Jr. is leading off again for the Phillies (see tonight's lineup). Gwynn, who started in center field and led off in all three games against the Marlins this past weekend, went 5 for 10 on Saturday and Sunday and scored two runs. 

Sandberg admitted he's riding the hot hand.

"[Gwynn's] doing a nice job, we'll see if he can keep the momentum going," the manager said. "I like what he's doing."

Regular centerfielder Ben Revere has been nursing a sore rib, but is feeling much better and is available for pinch-hitting duty. 

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