Analysis

Panic or Press On? Adams Out With Spasms

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/5969.png&w=350&h=254According to CSN’s Jim Salisbury, Mike Adams sat out of yesterday’s finale with the Diamondbacks due to back spasms. Salisbury states Adams informed the team in the sixth inning and will be day-to-day. The issue is only anticipated to last a few days and might explain why Adams’s last seven outings where he wasn’t quite himself (4.50 ERA, .304/.407/.478 against). However, back spasms are a tricky thing, especially when a disc is aggravated or a nerve is being pinched. After a successful 4-3 road trip against two of the top teams in the NL West, how worried are you that this could derail the positive developments?

Justin De Fratus was quietly added to the roster on Saturday and looked phenomenal on Sunday against the only batter he faced, NL All-Star candidate Paul Goldschmidt. De Fratus went right at the righty and struck him out in the ninth inning to keep the game knotted at two. De Fratus has undoubtedly earned his call-up, posting a 1.89 ERA in 19 IP with 17 Ks for Lehigh Valley and appears ready to take the reigns. If he continues to pitch like this until the Phillies need a fifth starter, the panic will be lessened and he may even convince the Phillies to send down or designate someone else. Don’t answer the phone, Chad Durbin (6.17 ERA, 1.8 WHIP, 5.4 BB/ 9 IP).

Will De Fratus be enough to cover for Adams? Are you about to panic or are you ready to press on?