Outside of closer Jonathan Papelbon (who, admittedly, has issues of his own), the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen is an abject disaster right now, but on Tuesday, they are set to receive a potential jolt in the form of a veteran, quality option as Mike Adams has been activated from the disabled list.
— Phillies (@Phillies) April 15, 2014
The 35-year-old Adams hasn’t appeared in a Major League game since July of 2013 after undergoing shoulder surgery (which is almost always disastrous for pitchers), and prior to that, the right-hander was less than spectacular in 25 innings with Philadelphia, posting a 3.96 ERA. Still, Adams put up three consecutive seasons with a sub-2.00 ERA (and four straight with a sub-2.50 ERA) while pitching for the Padres in the mid-to-late 2000′s, and Philly could use the veteran presence.
Expectations for Adams should probably be very modest in the midst of reports that his velocity has been down during his comeback bid, but even if he’s going out with there nothing but “grit and guile”, Mike Adams could (and should) be better than some of the available options in that particular bullpen.