Reliever faces misdemeanor charges

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Terry Adams faces
misdemeanor charges after allegedly attacking his wife in a New York
hotel room seven weeks ago, according to a newspaper report.

Adams, 30, is due in court in Manhattan on Sept. 15 to face two
counts of third-degree assault and single counts of second-degree
harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, The Philadelphia
Inquirer reported on its Web site Friday night.

The child endangerment charge was added because the couple's
then-4-month-old son, Trenton, was in the room.

Philadelphia is back in New York this weekend, playing the Mets.

"We're aware of the situation. Because it is a legal matter, we
will refrain from further comment," Phillies general manager Ed
Wade said.

The Manhattan district attorney's office was closed Friday night,
and a guard who answered a phone call said it would not be open
again until Tuesday.

Adams was placed on the disabled list Wednesday for what the
team described as a pulled muscle. He is with the team in New York
and said he was on the DL because he is "legitimately injured,"
not because of the accusations.

Adams' wife, Bea, telephoned the Inquirer from her home in
Colorado and said she had not seen her husband since the alleged
attack. She said she has gotten a protection order against him.

"His problems have ruined our lives," she said.

Terry Adams told the newspaper he had been unable to reach his
lawyers and could not comment on the substance of the accusations.

"It's a family matter, and we'd been trying to keep it private
and personal," he said. "I'm shocked that she made it so public
after leaving it personal for so long."

Bea Adams told a New York police officer early on July 12 that
Adams threw her to the floor, kicked her repeatedly and pulled her
around the room by her hair, according to court papers. She also
told the officer that Adams grabbed her hands and used them to hit
himself in the face.

Adams is 1-4 with a 2.69 ERA in a team-leading 65 appearances.