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Mike Adams (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list Monday.

Adams, who is working his way back from shoulder and hernia operations, has made three appearances with Class A Clearwater. He's scheduled to move up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, which should be his final test before activation.

Mike Adams RP PHI 4 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday.

Adams will get started with the High-A Clearwater Threshers and then wind his way through the Phillies' minor league system. The setup man is recovering from shoulder and hernia operations. If all goes well, he could be activated around mid-to-late April.

Mike Adams RP PHI 4 Months

Phillies placed RHP Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

Adams is working his way back from shoulder and hernia operations. He threw one inning in a minor league game Wednesday and is hoping to return in mid-April, though that's not a given.

Mike Adams RP PHI 4 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder) threw one inning in a minor league game Wednesday.

The inning was Adams' first game action since having shoulder surgery last July. The right-hander will pitch again Saturday. Adams hopes to return to the team by April 15 -- just one 15-day stint on the disabled list -- but that may be a bit optimistic at this point.

Mike Adams RP PHI 4 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder) will appear in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure was encouraged after watching Adams' second live batting practice session on Saturday. "It went very well, really well," he said. Coming back from shoulder and sports hernia operations, Adams won't be ready for Opening Day, but it seems like he could return sometime in April.

Mike Adams RP PHI 4 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder, sports hernia) tossed a live batting practice Wednesday.

The 35-year-old hadn't squared off against a live batter since he was shut down last summer with a shoulder injury. "This was one of many hurdles," said Adams. "My strength is increasing. The true test will be to see how I feel tomorrow. But overall, I'm happy. I felt good." Adams assumed his career was in jeopardy after he was diagnosed with three tears in his shoulder. One of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s many regrets, Adams is in the second and last year of a $12 million contract. He'll take home $7 million whether he contributes or not.

Mike Adams RP PHI 5 Months

Mike Adams threw a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since his July 2013 shoulder surgery.

Adams told reporters after the workout that his arm felt good. He's still questionable for Opening Day, but a mid-April debut seems very doable for the right-handed setup man. He owns a ridiculous 2.39 ERA and 9.0 K/9 in 388 2/3 career major league innings.

Mike Adams RP PHI 5 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder) progressed to throwing on flat ground on Friday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last July.

He'll throw again on flat ground early in the week, and if all goes well he'll progress to mound work on Thursday. He's still a bit of a longshot to be ready for Opening Day, but he should be able to join the Phillies bullpen early in the season, and will be a very valuable setup man in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Mike Adams RP PHI 5 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder) hopes to throw off a mound for the first time this spring on February 27.

Adams, who had shoulder surgery last July, is currently throwing off flat ground. He has acknowledged that it could be a stretch for him to be ready for Opening Day.

Mike Adams RP PHI 5 Months

Mike Adams (shoulder, hernia) is hoping to be ready to throw off a mound before the end of the month.

Adams underwent shoulder surgery last July and then had hernia surgery in December. The shoulder is the bigger issue, but it's possible he'll still have time to get ready for the start of the season. Adams should only need a handful of Grapefruit League appearances as long as he feels fine physically.