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Mike Adams Targets April 15th For His Return

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, March 19, 2014 01:57 PM | Comments: 3
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mike-adamsAccording to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies relief pitcher Mike Adams threw 20 pitches in a minor league game and has targeted April 15th as his return. Adams is currently recovering from shoulder surgery.

Adams signed a 2-year, $12 million dollar deal during the 2012 offseason and is set to earn $7 million this season. Signed to be the teams 8th inning shut down reliever, Adams struggled in his first season in Philly before being shut down in June with season ending surgery.

If Adams can come back and be the player he was in Texas (2.88 ERA) then the Phillies bullpen will get a big bump on April 15th. The Bullpen right now is full of young, but very inexperienced arms and Adams, along with Papelbon, would be the veteran relievers that could anchor the pen.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Wouldnt say Bastardo is inexperienced at this point. Also would like to see him get a few more innings in before anything. Theres always the shoulder is sore right after phenomenon right after they toss a few pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    I wouldn’t call Bastardo inexperienced, either. Nor would I call Lincoln inexperienced. For that matter, Diekman, Rosenburg and DeFratus have all been in the ML before, and so has Aumont. One should be required to state what amount of experience is required before claiming people have so little of it.

    To me, most of the Phils’ pen is just plain inconsistent, and experience doesn’t have a lot to do with it. You certainly can’t blame Papelbon’s blown saves last season on a lack of experience, nor can you claim that experience was the reason behind Diekman’s fine second half.

     
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    I like the way Diekman throws the ball. I know one half of a season doesn’t count for that much and we can all name more than few pitchers who showed promise before permanently fizzling, but Diekman has a big nasty slider that stands out to me. When it’s working for him appears to leave his hand around 10th Street and cross the plate just west of Broad.

    But I’ve gotta tell ya, every time I tune into baseball news I hear about another top pitcher somewhere in MLB going down for the season’s count and we’re not even out of Spring training! The latest, as you’ve probably heard, being Aroldis Chapman who was hit in the face by a line drive on Wednesday. A very scary moment and I don’t think he’s going to be closing any games very soon. Just hope the sight in his left eye wasn’t damaged. Sounds like broken orbital bones at best. Anyway, I immediately reflected on1958 and Herb Score – a moment I’ll never forget. I’m not sure the batter, Gil McDougald, ever recovered from that one, either. Gil was so shaken he publicly swore he’d quit the game if Score’s career was over. Ironically, McDougald had lost his hearing in one ear from a line drive during batting practice just two years before the Score incident. Score did come back to pitch again but was never the same pitcher. I hope Chapman’s prognosis is a better one – physically and mentally.

    If Cole Hamels’ medical problems turn out to be relatively minor and no other catastrophes befall the team between now and opening day I’ll be grateful just to see everyone ambulatory. More than you can say for some teams this preseason.

     
 
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