Adams: Phils really need to build chemistry

Adams: Phils really need to build chemistry
January 23, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Mike Adams expects to be ready for opening day after having shoulder surgery last July. (USA Today Images)

Did clubhouse chemistry hurt the Phillies in 2013? John Gonzalez asked the question last week.

Indeed it did, Mike Adams admitted in a 1-on-1 interview with CSN's Marshall Harris in the Phillies' clubhouse on Thursday.

In going 73-89, the Phils had a number of significant key players and team leaders injured, and struggled through some lackadaisical play before Charlie Manuel was fired and replaced by Ryne Sandberg.

"Last year we started playing a little more inspired, I think," Adams said of the final two months of the season. "You never want to see a change in coaching staff, your manager or anything like that, but it kind of lit something. Ryne wanted to pull the best out of everybody, and he challenged people, straight-up challenged people.

"I think we really need to build a good clubhouse chemistry with each other. I think that lacked a lot last year, as far as having a group that meshed together, that played together, that played for each other. I think that Ryne, that's part of who he is, he wants to instill that into this ballclub."

For more from Adams -- who is optimistic about being ready for opening day -- see the video above.