Philadelphia Phillies’ right-handed relief pitcher Mike Adams, signed to a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2013 season, saw his season cut short in July by a shoulder injury.
Adams likely won’t be ready for the start of the season, but general manager Ruben Amaro said that his recovery is going well (quotes from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com):
He’s throwing four times a week and will start throwing bullpens toward the end of the month. He’s doing great. He’s had no setbacks. He feels good, no issues…”
“We’ll know more when he gets to camp and starts throwing bullpens…If Adams is healthy or can be eventually — you can’t count on it, but that would be nice.”
Adams was a fixture in the San Diego Padres bullpen for a number of years, putting up a sub-2.00 ERA on more than one occasion. Traded to the Texas Rangers in 2011, he has been a bit unsteady under the brighter lights of Texas and now Philadelphia. In 28 games for the Phillies last season, he was 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA and posted a solid 8.2 K/9.
When Adams returns, it will be to a bullpen that’s accompanied by a measure of uncertainty. Pending an unexpected trade, Adams will help set-up for the handsomely compensate Jonathan Papelbon.