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Reports: Adams Done for Season with Shoulder Injury

mike-adamsAfter signing him to what was thought to be one of the best deals of the winter at two years, $12 million, the Phillies assumed they’d put their 8th inning woes behind them by bringing in Mike Adams. Now, they’re searching for a stopgap again.

According to both CSN Philly and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Adams will likely miss the remainder of the season as an exam in Los Angeles showed three tears in his shoulder. He will either have surgery or go the rehab route, but regardless, his season is almost certainly over.

The Phillies thought they were paying for the best set-up man in the game, who had a 1.66 ERA in four seasons with the Padres, before being dealt to the Rangers. All they acquired was damaged goods.

After offseason surgery to have a rib removed and thoracic outlet syndrome relieved, Adams dealt with numerous injuries from the start of this season and has been a shell of himself.

Unfortunately, I noticed a stark change in his velocity during a seemingly easy outing in April. He was cruising, but his velocity numbers were off. From that point on, it was all downhill.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. George

    June 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    You can’t exactly say that Adams was damaged goods when he was acquired. He had to take a physical, which was probably very, very, thorough because of the previous surgery. That surely would have revealed any shoulder issues.

    The tears most likely happened during spring training or in the early part of the season. It doesn’t excuse management, though. He was a health risk, and he was not exactly young. A two year contract is not the kind of deal you hand out to someone like Adams. Despite his San Diego numbers, they should have also looked very closely at his Texas numbers. The Phils seem to think constantly that a substandard season after several years of success is somehow just an anomoly when in fact it may actually be a sign of age or loss of skill.

    • hk

      June 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Well said, George.

  2. Ken Bland

    June 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This is a classic example of AFW’s wide ranging attacks on Ruben for signing ’em too old. Have to admit I really liked this sign, but the warnings were out there from people who talked about a declining strikeout rate and the like. Whether Mike’s problems are connected to prior injury, I don’t know, but what this is really a classic example of is older players being susceptible to injury, and you gotta have some awareness of that as you sign ’em. Doesn’t mean avoid, it means apply caution.

    Elsewhere, in the why the hell am I writing this since it’s such ridiculously gray comment, and assumedly top of the head as well, here’s how Bill James replied to a question in his recent mailbag.

    I was watching Mets-Phillies and thinking about how many years we have been playing against Jimmy Rollins. Lets say he has 4 more typical Jimmy Rollins years. Do you think he’s a Hall of Fame candidate?

    Asked by: metsfan17

    Answered: 6/24/2013

    Absolutely. Four years is asking a lot at this point, but if he DOES have four more years typical of his career, he’s a strong candidate.

  3. j. gault

    June 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    He was hurt and had surgery before he was signed for 2013. Is the criteria for the Phillies and the Sixers you must be damaged goods before they will sign you to a contract.

  4. bacardipr

    June 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Figured it was heading this way with him. I agree with George’s last few sentences. It was a risk in signing him. Since about nothing is going right for this organization it figures.

  5. Double Trouble Del

    June 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    It’s rare to sign a quality FA for a single year (AAdrien Beltre comes to mind as an exception ) so I don’t think you can complain about the years.

  6. Bruce

    June 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I’ll leave alone the more depressing news with Mike Adams. The bullpen is in shambles anyway with two other recent injuries to Horst and Stutes. Plus having a mixed bag of young and inexperienced relievers as another reason they are the worst bullpen in the league (in ERA and holding runners already on bases).

    The current 10 game road trip does not necessarily mean a make or break situation in regards to their chances in making the playoffs, but they do need to show the general manager some sign of life in turning their season around as the trade deadline is approaching ever closer next month. The only break the Phillies have had is the frontrunners in their division are struggling with their own injuries and have not run away from their competition.

    Again, no need to dwell on details of all the injuries (especially Halladay) and the team’s underachieving effort. It’s redundant to do so. Let’s just focus on what lies ahead in this marathon season of 162 games (now 77 played). There is still time for the key players/pitchers (Utley, Howard, Ruiz, Hamels , etc. to rebound and salvage a productive season for themselves and help the team contend.

    With the current situation for the team, I know it’s hard for me to be an optimist but I rather be that then a boring, whining pessimist (smile).

  7. Mike in NJ

    June 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I thought it was a terrible signing at the time because of the injury he was coming off of. In fact, I thought the entire off season was terrible. Only the Sixers did worse LOL.

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