GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was uncertain last week if relief pitcher Mike Adams would be ready for the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day. He said that he was going to be a little behind in getting back on track this spring. Adams spoke on his own behalf yesterday, however, saying that he is ready to return.
Adams suffered a right shoulder injury in late June and had surgery in July. He was signed to be the Phillies’ eighth-inning setup man. During his short season, he could have been better. He had an ERA of 3.96. That high ERA could have been because of his shoulder issues. Adams did manage 23 strikeouts in 28 appearances, however.
Following his shoulder injury, he suffered a sports hernia which led to another surgery. Having two surgeries in one year can take a toll on a player. Yet, Adams is determined to be in the Phillies’ lineup come Opening Day.
It would be great for the Phillies if Adams was ready. They need a strong, reliable pitcher that could come in before Jonathan Papelbon or fill in when the closer is having an off day. The eighth-inning man is an important role. He keeps the team in a position to win and sets up the closer.
Adams won’t start throwing off the mound until the middle of February. He believes that if he can appear in at least 10 spring training games, he could be ready for opening day. If Adams happens to feel any pain or discomfort, he will slow down his return process. He is determined to come back 100 percent.
Adams wants to make an impact this season. He wants to help is team win. Hopefully, he will be ready for Opening Day; if not, then not long after. It will be great to have him back.