MIAMI - Mike Adams, red-faced after a strenuous bullpen session at Marlins Park, was optimistic that he could return from the disabled list before the weekend ends. Pitching coach Rich Dubee later offered a dose of reality.
"He's throwing fine," Dubee said. "But he needs to see some hitters."
Adams (back strain) will travel to Clearwater, Fla., while his teammates head north to Washington. The righthander will throw a live batting practice session Friday. He is scheduled to appear in a game Monday.
That means his return will likely come Wednesday if everything goes well. The Phillies probably would not activate Adams on Tuesday if he throws Monday.
Adams, the setup man signed to a $12 million deal last winter, has not pitched since May 10. He is eligible to be activated from the DL on Sunday.
Curt Schilling, sixth among all Phillies pitchers in wins and fourth in strikeouts, will be added to the team's wall of fame on Aug. 2, the Phillies announced Wednesday.
In addition to the weekend's alumni ceremonies, Brad Lidge will retire as a Phillie. He will throw the ceremonial first pitch Aug. 1 against San Francisco. On Aug. 4, the Phillies will honor the 1993 National League champion team with a pregame event.
Long viewed as a controversial figure because of his unceremonious exit from the city, Schilling spent nine of his 20 seasons in Philadelphia. He is one of the franchise's greatest righthanded pitchers. He was the first one to 300 strikeouts and won the MVP of the 1993 National League Championship Series.
Schilling, 46, works for ESPN as a commentator. The state of Rhode Island is suing Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios, for going bankrupt after accepting a $75 million loan.
He started 226 games for the Phillies, posting a 3.35 ERA. He was traded to Arizona at the 2000 deadline for Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, Travis Lee, and Vicente Padilla.
Lidge will be the fourth recent player to retire as a Phillie. The others were Doug Glanville (2005), Mike Lieberthal (2008), and Pat Burrell (2012). His strikeout of Eric Hinske to clinch the 2008 World Series will forever stand as one of the city's most memorable sports images.
The 36-year-old pitcher retired from baseball last winter. He spent four seasons with the Phillies and saved 100 games.