The Phillies were just dealt a big blow tonight, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Mike Adams, one of the league’s premier left handed relievers, will likely miss the rest of the season. Through 28 games this season, it’s been clear that Adams has been off. He’s posted an unusually high 3.96 ERA to go along with a 1-4 record in 25 innings pitched.
Adams was signed to be the Phillies’ lefty out of the bullpen and to set up closer Jonathan Papelbon. In his career, Adams has posted a incredible 2.39 ERA, and recorded 3 straight seasons of a sub-2 ERA from 2009-2011. The injury comes as a blow to the Phillies, who are paying Adams 12 million over the next 2 seasons for his services.
Adams’ best season arguably came in 2011, which was split between the Rangers and Padres. Adams posted an impressive 1.47 ERA to go along with a 5-4 record on the year. He was even better in 2009, albeit with limited innings. He was 0-0 with a 0.73 ERA that season in 37 innings pitched. Oddly, despite Adams’ success, he’s only posted 4 saves in his career.
It’s likely that Adams is on a downward turn of his career, as he will turn 35 this year. Nevertheless, the Phillies miss his presence in the bullpen and will be eager to have him back next season, as he’s likely to have surgery on his shoulder to replace 3 tears that have occurred there.