Mike Adams has suffered a setback in his recovery from a bad shoulder and now won’t be available to Philadelphia until at least August, if he ever is able to return to the mound again. The Phillies on Wednesday announced that the 35-year-old reliever has been transfered to the 60-day disabled list.
When healthy, Adams was a bright spot for the Phillies bullpen this year, posting a 2.12 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 17 innings. But Adams has been unable to pitch since early June and a few weeks ago was diagnosed with a frayed labrum.
Adams’ 2013 season also came to a premature end thanks to shoulder problems. He battled through more soreness this spring, and was put on the DL at the beginning of the season. He managed to come back from that, tough bugger that he is, but obviously the shoulder is not responding.
The only good news for the Phillies is that, with Adams failing to get to 60 innings this year, they are not on the hook for the $6 million option that would have kicked in for 2015. The Phillies signed Adams to a two year deal ahead of 2013 and that now looks like a bad signing, with both years ending in injury.
Before his shoulder issues, Adams was a solid set-up man with the Padres and Rangers, though his relatively ballooning ERA his last year in Texas should possibly have been a warning sign.