Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Why Mike Adams decided against surgery

Mike Adams has three tears in his right shoulder. His 2013 is over, and now concern spills into 2014. Adams is under contract for $7 million.

Why Mike Adams decided against surgery

The 30th pitch Mike Adams tossed Monday was a ball, and that signaled a merciful end to his first outing in 17 days. (Matt Slocum/AP)
The 30th pitch Mike Adams tossed Monday was a ball, and that signaled a merciful end to his first outing in 17 days. (Matt Slocum/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Mike Adams brought his glove with him to the field at Dodger Stadium while his teammates stretched Friday. He will not need it for some time. Earlier in the day, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection into his right shoulder, a measure he hopes can salvage his career.

The pitcher has three tears in his right shoulder. His 2013 is over, and now concern spills into 2014. Adams is under contract for $7 million.

His status is dicey.

The way Adams looks at it, he is increasing his odds by delaying surgery. But that option could be inevitable. For now, he will attempt a conservative approach.

"It gives me two chances to get back," Adams said. "If I skipped that part and just go straight to the surgery, that's my last shot. That's my one opportunity. We'll try it this way. If it doesn't work, then I go to surgery."

Depending on how long the Phillies employ this method of rehab, surgery could eliminate much of Adams' 2014. He has two tears in his labrum and one in his rotator cuff. Those are debilitating injuries.

The Phillies invested a great deal in Adams to pitch the eighth inning. Now they just hope he can pitch again, period.


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

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer beat writer Matt Gelb and columnist Bob Brookover.

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected