Cole Hamels yielded five runs and two homers in five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Indians.
Hamels dropped to 1-6, but this is his first poor outing since April 7; he had a 2.41 ERA over his previous six starts. Subpar command has definitely plagued him this season, but it doesn't help matters that the Phillies have completely thrown defense out the window and started going with a Domonic Young-John Mayberry Jr.-Delmon Young outfield.
Playing in his 14th game since returning from a suspension, Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-4 and drove in his first run of the season on Wednesday.
One could say Ruiz hasn't been up to speed since returning from his 25-game ban. This is a guy who hit 16 homers and drove in 68 runs in 114 games last year. In 47 at-bats this season, he has just two extra-base hits, both doubles.
Mike Adams had a setback Tuesday while playing catch and was given a cortisone injection in his back.
Adams hasn't pitched in a game since last Friday because of lower back discomfort. He's considered day-to-day for now but could need a 15-day disabled list stint if the pain lingers for much longer.
Phillies signed RHP Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract.
Zambrano recently agreed to a deal with the independent Long Island Ducks, but never reported to the club because he was confident he would be able to find a minor league deal somewhere. And he has. The 31-year-old had a mediocre 4.49 ERA and 95/75 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings last season with the Marlins and will function as starting pitching depth for Philadelphia. He'll report to extended spring training for now and could be an option for the rotation down the line.
Jonathan Pettibone moved to 3-0 with another solid effort Tuesday, holding the Indians to two runs over 6 2/3 frames in the 6-2 victory.
Pettibone struck out just three, but he allowed only four hits while issuing two free passes. Getting by with pitchability more than raw stuff, Pettibone hasn't been overwhelming in any of his five starts, but he sports a nice 3.41 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He'll make for a nice streaming option next week in Miami.
Domonic Brown singled, ripped a solo homer and scored a pair of runs in Tuesday's win over the Indians.
Brown's longball to lead off the sixth inning, his eighth homer of the year, knocked Scott Kazmir out of the game. After a slow start, Brown has turned it on of late, batting .294 with four homers over 13 games in May. Mixed leaguers should continue to roll him out there with regularity.
Mike Adams is day-to-day with back spasms.
Adams wasn't available Sunday and will be shut down for a few days with a lower back injury. The Phillies are being conservative with his workload after he had offseason surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Adams is not expected to be placed on the disabled list.