After 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.