Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mike Adams draws early rave reviews

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The questions about Mike Adams' health will persist because, one, the Phillies spent more money on him than any other player this winter and, two, he underwent a rare surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome.

Mike Adams draws early rave reviews

0 comments

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The questions about Mike Adams' health will persist because, one, the Phillies spent more money on him than any other player this winter and, two, he underwent a rare surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome.

The Phillies are thrilled with the early returns.

"Did you see him throwing over there today?" Charlie Manuel said. The manager raised his eyebrows. "He was throwing pretty good."

Pitching coach Rich Dubee concurred, even saying Adams was more aggressive than most others.

More coverage
 
BOX SCORE: Phillies 9, Braves 3
 
Gallery: Cole Hamels through the years
 
Follow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!
 
Buy Phillies jerseys and other gear
 
WATCH: Daily fantasy baseball updates

"[Dubee] kind of asked me at the end if that was the same intensity I've been going with the whole time," Adams said. "I didn't realize I was exerting that much. I don't really see any reason that anything is going to be a problem."

Adams, 34, was one of the top setup men in baseball before his injury derailed 2012. He is beyond encouraged by his response.

"Personally, I feel there's more in there to get out," Adams said. "If they felt the velocity was good, then that is a plus. The only thing that can happen now is to keep gaining strength in my shoulder and hopefully the velocity keeps going up. It's still early -- I was kind of sore today from all the running around [Wednesday] -- but I hope that's the case. A couple of guys told me, 'Hey you're feeling pretty good.'

"Compared to how I felt last year, it's night and day. Last year was a battle. I didn't know what was going on. I thought there might be something going on with my shoulder, but once I found out there was no structural damage, it eased my mind a whole bunch. Once I threw in December I noticed a huge difference then -- how the ball was jumping out of my hand."


Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter