Five days before Christmas, Mike Adams was introduced as the new set-up man at a press conference at Citizens Bank Park and everyone in Phillies red were wearing smiles.
The Phillies lost 16 games that they had led in the seventh inning or later in 2012 and Adams had been a shutdown set-up man for the majority of the previous five seasons in San Diego and Texas.
But six months later, the man brought in to be the panacea to the 'pen found out he's unlikely to pitch again in 2013.
On Tuesday, Adams met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning and found out he has three tears in his ailing right arm.
"This year is obviously gone, more than likely," Adams said.
The 34-year-old reliever will decide in the coming days whether to have season-ending surgery or a lenghty rehab. He know there are no guarantees either way.
Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti is not recommending surgery, but the team realizes it also might be inevitable.
"Even with the conservative approach, he may eventually need surgery anyway," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr said.
Adams, who had a 1.84 ERA in 243 games between 2009-2012, is 1-4 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 games with the Phillies this season. Adams was placed on the DL for the second time this season on Saturday.
Even when he wasn't on the DL, Adams was used conservatively this season, rarely available on back-to-back days as he battled back and arm pain.
"It’s very disappointing," said Adams, who signed a 2-year, $12 million deal as a free agent in December. "I feel like I let myself down, I let Ruben down, the organization, the fans, all of that obviously. But right now I have to figure it out and find the best route for the future."