Adams going back to Cardinals

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Matt Adams is bringing his power bat back to the St. Louis Cardinals more than a year after they traded him away.

The playoff-contending Cardinals got the 29-year-old first baseman and left fielder from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday for $50,000.

Adams hit .257 with 18 homers and 48 RBI in 249 at-bats after signing with Washington in the offseason. The lefty-swinging Adams made his big league debut with the Cardinals in 2012 and stayed with them until being traded to Atlanta in May 2017.

Interim manager Mike Shildt said Adams will join the team at Dodger Stadium today and be activated for the series finale against Los Angeles.

“We’re talking about a guy who’s a proven big league, accomplished hitter,” Shildt said. “Done it for us for years. Done it since he’s left us. He’s definitely a perfect fit for what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

Adams joins a surging Cardinals team that is 15-4 in August, the most wins in the majors. They entered Tuesday night 3 1/2 games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs. Adams left the slumping Nationals, who are more than seven games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

Adams will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Murphy off to Chicago

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs, essentially throwing in the towel on a disappointing season.

Despite a roster that boasts such stars as Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper, Washington began the day with a losing record of 62-63.

The Nationals were coming off two consecutive division titles under manager Dusty Baker, who was fired after last season and replaced by rookie skipper Dave Martinez.

The deal comes three weeks after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the Nationals aren’t getting much in return. For Murphy, the Cubs are swapping Class-A infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash.

“We felt that coming off that road trip and into this most recent homestand was a time that was a litmus test for us … and we felt that the timing was right to make the vital decisions that we had to make,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Murphy was hitting .300 since his return from knee surgery.

Surgery for Posey?

NEW YORK — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey might need hip surgery that would end his season.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday that “we have discussed the possibility.”

Posey, who is batting .286 with five homers and 40 RBIs this season, has been dealing with hip trouble this season. A six-time All-Star, he got a cortisone injection and missed last month’s game.

Suspension upheld

MIAMI — Marlins right-hander Jose Urena dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch.

Urena began serving the suspension Tuesday. The Marlins, fearful the Braves might retaliate, had already decided Urena wouldn’t pitch against them during a four-game series later this week.

“It seems like there’s no reason to open that back up,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We don’t need that.”

Urena is expected to return at Boston on Aug. 28.

He hit Acuna on the left arm with his first pitch, triggering a melee in the Marlins’ 5-2 loss in Atlanta last Wednesday. Acuna went into the game having homered in five straight games, including four homers in the three games against Miami — three of them leading off.

Acuna left the game injured but was back in the lineup the next day.

Urena was ejected. His next start came Sunday, when he pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game to beat Washington 12-1.