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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?

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Jaron B

    May 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I’m not panicking unless we go 19 innings again… lol!

  2. Jaron B

    May 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    But Chad Durbin better be gone soon.

  3. Dave P

    May 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Chad Durbin of the 6.17 ERA is also allowing 60% of his inherited runners to score. Well above league average.

    Having a WHIP of 1.8 is pretty incredible. He really won’t last much longer in philly.

    • Keystone

      May 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      He really is awful. That 9 inherited runners scored out of 15 for 60% that you mentioned happened to be EXACTLY the number that Chad Qualls allowed in his 35 appearances with the Phillies last season! In Qualls’ 31.1 innings of work he allowed 9 of the 15 inherited runners to score, Durbin has accomplished that in just 11.2 innings! Just imagine what he could accrue if Charlie keeps giving him the ball.

  4. Chuck A.

    May 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Chad Durbin is this year’s Chad Qualls. No more Chads in Philly I guess!

    • Lefty

      May 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Sounds like everyone wants to see another year of “hanging chads”

      • Chuck A.

        May 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        I was gonna include “hanging chads” in my comment but couldn’t figure out how to do it. Your comment is perfect!

  5. Manny

    May 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    No need to panic if they actually use DeFratus properly —he has the stuff to pitch in the 8th.

    Do panic if they give Adams’ innings to Chad Durbin. Then we’d be f’ed.

  6. Jay Floyd

    May 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    De Fratus is trustworthy to slide into Aumont’s role, Aumont can temporarily take Adams’ spot and Stutes (6 straight scoreless appearances for Triple-A) is just about ready for a return to the big league roster.

  7. Scott

    May 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    not trying to be flippant, but how can DeFratus have looked “phenomenal” against 1 batter? Isn’t 1 batter way too small of a sample size for a pitcher to look “phenomenal”?

    • Lefty

      May 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Here is my take, as answer to your inquiry Scott. They take a 23 year old kid with very little major league experience, and bring him up. Then they throw him into one of the hottest, pressure cooker situations possible, against the D’backs best hitter. Yes it was only one out, and the kid has a long way to go to prove his mettle, but the situation the kid handled is what makes it phenomenal. You may not agree and that is your right, but that’s the way I saw it.

    • hk

      May 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      Scott,

      There’s a difference between saying DeFratus was phenomenal in that sample size of one batter than saying DeFratus will be phenomenal going forward because he struck out Goldschmidt.

  8. Bart Shart

    May 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Scott, you are NOT flippant (great word my mom used to call me about a century ago.) You are correct. One cannot look phenomenal when pitching to just one batter.
    I have yet to panic. Just chewing the dickens out of my nails.

  9. Bart Shart

    May 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Us sport fans tend to be a bit hyperbolic at times.

  10. DavidE

    May 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Stutes has been showing good signs at Lehigh Valley and DeFratus handled the pressure on Sunday. Horst was effective on the road trip and Durbin looked okay in San Francisco. This is something the Phillies should be able to handle.

  11. bacardipr

    May 13, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Why do they always wait till they blow a few games before coming out with a problem. Wouldnt it be better for the team if they divulge this information beforehand?

    • George

      May 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      In the case of Halladay, one might wonder, but with Adams, I can say from long experience that back issues can appear suddenly, and although he had some problems in a game or two, it’s pure conjecture and very unfair to say that his back was bothering him then and he should have told someone. It’s just as likely his issue for those games was a high workload or just a bad day, and that the back spasms WERE indicated to the staff so he wouldn’t have to try to pitch injured.

      I get a little miffed when peope pass judgements without knowing what’s really going on. Sure, maybe sometimes they’re right, but many times they aren’t.

      I’ll add, too, that I’d bet dollars to donuts that many people besides athletes try to perform while impaired, whether it’s to keep his job or impress his girlfriend, or just to win a stupid bet.

  12. Bob in Bucks

    May 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Panic – no. Firesale – YES!

  13. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Counting down until we are Durbinless.

  14. Bruce

    May 13, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    If the team and the manager are not showing signs of panic, why should I? ­čÖé

  15. Bruce

    May 13, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    A much greater concern is the loss of Halladay for a good part of the season (we will have a better idea on that after his surgery this Wednesday). I don’t think the team can contend in the division with both Pettibone and Lannan in rotation. Especially when the offense shows no sign of life and must resort to “smallball” in scratching for a run.

  16. bacardipr

    May 14, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Good enough George. Might off jumped the gun

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