Ben Revere is out of the Phillies’ starting lineup Friday night for the first time this season. Tony Gwynn Jr. is in center field and batting leadoff against Marlins' right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Manager Ryne Sandberg likes to use his entire roster, so Revere was probably due for a day off anyway. But a sore ribcage, the result of Revere’s making a couple of dives in center field Wednesday night, made Sandberg’s decision easy.
“It’s a good chance to let him mend up a little bit,” the manager said. “Hopefully it’s just one day.”
Adams close to return
Mike Adams is in the final steps of his recovery from shoulder surgery. The veteran reliever is slated to get an inning of work for Triple A Lehigh Valley on Saturday night. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list Monday.
Adams, 35, is in the second year of a two-year, $12 million contract.
Last summer’s shoulder injury has taken away some of Adams’ velocity. He has been throwing 88-90 mph in minor-league games. He believes that is enough to be effective.
“I sat at 90 my last outing,” he said. “That will play.”
Sandberg will use Adams in the seventh and eighth innings.
“Deception with his delivery, knowing the league, late-inning experience – all those things will help,” Sandberg said. “But location and command will be the first thing. He’s been throwing well and as he pitches the velocity will get back to closer to where it was.”
Rosin to AAA
Pitcher Seth Rosin cleared waivers and has rejoined the Phillies' organization. He has been assigned to Lehigh Valley and will pitch in relief.
Rosin was plucked out of the Phillies’ system in December’s Rule 5 draft. He spent the spring with the Dodgers and pitched in the majors earlier this month with Texas before being waived.