Mike Adams said it grabbed him on Sunday. Yesterday, while trying to work it out by playing catch, his aching back grabbed again – bad enough that he had a shot to relieve the pain.
Adams said it was not a cortisone shot, but something to loosen it up. He’s considering himself day-to-day, but also did not rule out the possibility of an MRI soon if it does not improve.
It hasn’t been the type of season Adams had hoped for, although his numbers are still halfway decent. While it’s not the same Adams from 2008-2011, his ERA is still at 3.00, and his strikeouts-per-9 is the highest rate of his career, at 11.9. But his walks-per-9 are also the highest of his career at 3.6, and now to add to the trouble is a back issue.
This problem is not believed to be related to the offseason surgery Adams had to fix thoracic outlet syndrome, which was bad enough that a rib had to be removed.