Mike Adams will not rush return from shoulder surgery

Phillies pitcher Mike Adams. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Righthander Mike Adams will start the season on the disabled list after July shoulder surgery. The reliever expects to throw his first bullpen session Feb. 27, and he will not rush a return.

"If it's late April, it's late April," Adams said.

Adams, 35, is owed $7 million in 2014. The Phillies have few expectations for him coming back from a complex shoulder procedure.

"I would love to be ready for opening day, but I have to do what's smartest for myself and smartest for the team," Adams said. "I want to make sure I'm there for the long haul and not rush myself out there and do something that's not smart."

A $6 million vesting option for 2015 triggers if Adams pitches 60 innings this season. He has not reached that threshold since 2011.

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