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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Phillies relief pitcher Mike Adams takes big step in recovery

By on 2/22/2014 09:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies signed set up man Mike Adams during last offseason in what appeared to be a great move.  The team needed to find a way to get the ball to closer Jonathan Papelbon and Adams had been one of the best set up men in baseball with and ERA of 1.76 in 2010 and 1.47 in 2011.  But an injury-plagued 2013 season limited Adams to 28 games and season ending shoulder surgery in July.  Adams threw off flat ground on Friday in what turned out to be a big step forward in his recovery.

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As reported by Paul Hagen of, Adams' session appeared to be nothing more than simple throwing, but the smile on Adams' face told a totally different story.  Adams is trying to recover from shoulder surgery and be the set up man the Phillies hoped for when they signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract.  If all goes well, Adams is scheduled to pitch off the mound for the first time this spring on Thursday.

"That was a step forward. That was some of my better flat-ground work so far. We'll do another one here in about three days and keep progressing toward getting back on the mound. It was real good. I figured out a few things, got my rhythm back a little bit. That's probably the biggest thing, making sure you've got some rhythm with the mechanics in your delivery. And this was very good, so I'm excited."
Not only is Adams excited about his own progress, he's excited about what he sees in the clubhouse, which he hopes can carry over to the field and produce winning baseball, which the Phillies failed to do last year.

 "I don't think there was one guy in that clubhouse who pulled anything good out of last season. There might have been a couple guys who had pretty good years, but overall as a group we were all pretty disappointed with how the season came out. Everybody in here, so far, is loose. You see a different look on their face, the way they carry themselves. The atmosphere seems a lot better than last year and hopefully that carries over to the field and we win a lot of ballgames."
It's unknown as to whether or not Adams will be ready for the season opener, but barring no setbacks, he should be ready early on in the season.  Antonio Bastardo is most likely to be the set up man heading into the season, should Adams not be ready.

Adams was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001.  He made his Major League debut in 2004 and has pitched for the Brewers, Padres, Rangers and Phillies.  He was 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA in only 25 innings pitched last season. If 386 career games, Adams is 19-19 with a 2.39 ERA.


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