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Good News, Bad News: Martinez DFA'd, Adams to DL

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Patrick McDermott

I'll give you the bad news first: Mike Adams is headed to the disabled list. The culprit is biceps tendonitis, which he's had for a few weeks now. That is not good at all, especially considering that he was on the DL once already this year with a right back strain. He was activated from that injury on May 26, and in the 11 games and 10 innings since he's given up nine hits, six runs, five walks, and two homers, good for a 5.40 ERA. Not the Mike Adams anyone wants to see, so hopefully his trip to the DL will unsuckify him.

But who will take his place? The Phillies are calling up righty reliever J.C. Ramirez from AAA to do just that. Ramirez was part of the December 2009 three-way Halladay/Lee trade, coming from the Mariners in exchange for Lee. Ramirez was accompanied by Tyson Gillies, who has had a bumpy post-trade career, and Phillippe Aumont. Aumont had his chance to stick in the majors earlier this year, and since being sent down to AAA he's been an absolute mess. (Tyson Gillies is the only part of that trade who hasn't made it to the majors yet.) We should be cautious of Ramirez, though. From Gregg at Phuture Phillies says "he has been beyond awful, borderline horrific for Lehigh Valley".

On a brighter note, Michael Martinez has been designated for assignment. He was given the boot to make room for J.C. Ramirez, who wasn't on the 40-man roster.