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Phillies learn Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst are out for the year

Jul 19, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Losing at least two critical members of your bullpen for the final two and a half months of the season has to be disheartening to the Phillies, who consider themselves contenders in the NL East at 48-48, 6.5 games out of first place. The news on Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst comes via the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb:

Mike Adams did not respond to the conservative treatment for numerous tears in his shoulder. He will likely undergo surgery that could sideline him for the beginning of 2014. Adams is owed $7 million next season.

Lefthander Jeremy Horst’s season is likely over. Soreness in his elbow recurred during a rehab stint at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He visited noted orthopedist James Andrews for a second opinion and was injected with a platelet-rich plasma shot. He will not throw for at least six weeks.

Gelb also mentions that right-hander Michael Stutes is still experiencing soreness in his biceps and will be shut down for at least another two weeks.

The Phillies have the worst bullpen ERA in the National League at 4.39. After getting rid of veterans like Chad Durbin and Raul Valdes earlier in the season, the Phillies have been relying on a lot of young, unproven pitchers like Phillippe Aumont and it hasn’t worked out. Their awful ERA has been caused in large part by a league-worst 10.2 percent walk rate and a 19.8 percent strikeout rate, which ranks as the fifth-lowest among all 30 bullpens. Additionally, they have allowed hits on balls put in play at the highest rate in the league at .315.

GM Ruben Amaro said last week he is shopping for a center fielder and at least one reliever, but it doesn’t seem like just one reliever will do the trick.

  1. jjschiller - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Cristhian Martinez just feel awful for them.

  2. 13yrsmlbvet - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Why don’t the Phils get people who can take care of their players? Lots of unnecessary injury issues.

  3. greymares - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Phillies fans knew they were done for the year weeks ago.

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Now the question is what the hell took the Phillies (or even Mike Adams and Jeremy Horst for that matter) so long to realize that? The talent level is there for this team. The intelligence level…well, that’s a totally different question.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Thank you Bill. Its so refreshing to finally get Phillies news here without having to deal with Craig’s usual trolling and backhanded compliments(even if its news we already knew).

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Yes, Bill please treat the Phans gently, they bruise easily.

  5. nutsacker - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Thank God. Those two cost us the difference in the standings so far this year. Just wretched. Adams should pick up his paycheck with a bag over his head.

  6. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Luis Garcia and JC Ramirez have actually been decent for their brief stints so far. Horst had a decent 2012 but got shelled so far this year. Hope he’s healthy in the long run but he was destined back for Lehigh Valley if he wasn’t hurt.

  7. phillyphannn83 - Jul 20, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    In other Phillies news…raise your hand if you thought the Nats would be looking up at the Phil’s in the standings at this point in the season!

  8. orangandblack - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I stopped reading when you referred to Jeremy Horst as a “critical member of the bullpen”. Yeah, we’ll miss that 6.23 ERA (not to mention 31% of his inherited runners score)

  9. somekat - Jul 20, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    1, Horst is terrible

    2, Everyone knew Adams was done for the season a month ago

    3, Philip Aumont who they are “relying on”, hasn’t pitched in the majors in 2 months

    Act like you pay attention at least before you post your blogs

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