LOS ANGELES – Phillies reliever Mike Adams, out for the season with three tears in his shoulder, explained his reason for choosing to rehab the shoulder rather than have surgery:
“This give me two shots to make it back,” he said. “If I have the surgery and it doesn’t fix the problem, I’m done. This might be the best chance for me right now.”
Adams has a double tear in his labrum and a tear in his rotator cuff. During rehab he will try to build strength in the muscles around the shoulder to try to take pressure off the injured areas. If that doesn’t work, he said, surgery would be a last resort.
“If all goes well I’ll be ready for spring training,” he said.
Adams is in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract. He is guaranteed $7 million next season.
Zambrano injures shoulder
Carlos Zambrano won’t be joining the Phillies next week. He left his start at Lehigh Valley after two innings with a shoulder injury Friday night. There weren’t a lot of details, but GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had been told that Zambrano was in “serious pain.”
Zambrano can opt out of his minor-league contract if he isn’t brought to the majors by Monday. That will not happen. It’s unclear what Zambrano’s future holds.
McDonald joins Phils
Utility infielder John McDonald, acquired in a trade with Cleveland on Thursday, joined the team before Friday night’s game.
The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club.
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story).
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to mlbtraderumors.com, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million.
The Phillies' roster is full at 40.
Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.
The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.
Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.
Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers.
Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.