Franco, Adams among Phillies' September call-ups

Franco, Adams among Phillies' September call-ups
September 1, 2014, 6:30 pm
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After four pitchers combined to no-hit the Braves Monday afternoon in a 7-0 win (see Instant Replay), the Phillies added seven players as part of September call-ups.

The Phillies purchased the contracts of infielder Maikel Franco and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., recalled pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Luis Garcia, catcher Cameron Rupp and infielder Cesar Hernandez, and activated reliever Mike Adams off the disabled list.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Franco, a highly touted third base/first base prospect, finished the season at Triple A Lehigh Valley hitting .257 with 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 78 RBIs.

However, the 22-year-old hit .324 in the final two months of the Triple A season. Since July 1, Franco had 11 homers, 17 doubles and 47 RBIs. Franco was 1 for 3 with a double in the IronPigs' 2-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to conclude the regular season.

With the Braves starting left-handed starter Mike Minor Tuesday night, Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg could elect to give the right-handed Franco his first MLB start.

Adams has battled injuries throughout his Phillies career. The veteran said last week he regretted "stealing money" from the Phils (see story). He was signed to a two-year, $12 million contract with an option for a third year before the 2013 season, but has only appeared in 47 games as a Phillie.

In 19 appearances this season, the 36-year-old has a 2.12 ERA with 20 strikeouts and seven walks in 17 innings pitched. Before landing on the DL on June 7, Adams showed why the Phils targeted him as a free agent. Adams hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 14 appearances with the Phils, though he has allowed two unearned runs during that span.

Adams last allowed an earned run on May 2, when he gave up three runs and took the loss, as the Phils fell, 5-3, to the Nationals.

The Phillies resume their series with the Braves Tuesday night (7:05 p.m./CSN) at Turner Field.

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