Mike Adams back on DL, J.C. Ramirez called up

Mike Adams back on DL, J.C. Ramirez called up
June 22, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Phillies have placed right-handed reliever Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list and have promoted J.C. Ramirez from Lehigh Valley to replace him. To make room for Ramirez on the 40-man roster, Michael Martinez was designated for assignment.

This will be the second stint on the DL this season for Adams, who was previously out of action from May 11-26 with a right back strain. This time it's bicep tendonitis that will keep the 34-year-old out of action until at least July 5.

Adams hasn't pitched since Wednesday, when he tossed a scoreless eighth inning in what eventually amounted to a 6-2 loss to the Nationals.

Adams is 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 appearances this season. But he's struggled since returning from his first injury. In 11 games since May 27, he has a 5.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 10 innings. He allowed a run to score in six of those 11 outings. Before that point, Adams had a 3.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.

The Phillies signed Adams to a two-year, $12 million contract hoping he would stabilize the back end of their bullpen, which he did previously for the Padres and Rangers. From 2008-12, Adams appeared in 297 games and boasted a 1.98 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.

J.C. Ramirez, originally acquired by the Phillies from the Mariners in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade, will join the Phillies' bullpen. Ramirez has a 6.53 ERA in 23 games for Triple A Lehigh Valley this season. He's struggled with his control, walking 19 men in 30.1 innings.

Michael Martinez, with whom the Phillies have 10 days to decide what to do, played in just six games this year and was optioned Friday to make room for Chase Utley. Since 2011, Martinez has been one of the worst hitters in baseball with a .186/.238/.268 slash line.

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