Mike Adams' back pain unlike any he has felt before

Mike Adams' back pain unlike any he has felt before
May 15, 2013, 5:30 pm
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It didn’t matter on Wednesday, but if the Phillies had been another tight game and needed a pitcher to hold the lead in the eighth inning, setup man Mike Adams would not have been ready.

Adams said he got some cramps in the middle of his back while shagging flies during batting practice last Sunday. When he tried to play catch on Tuesday to test out his achy back, the spasms kicked in again.

“It popped up Sunday during the last five minutes of batting practice. I was out shagging flies and all of sudden, it just came,” Adams said. “It was pretty painful. I went out there shagging, went to grab a baseball and it grabbed at me. I don’t think it was nothing crazy. It wasn’t like I was throwing out there. Hopefully, it was just a bad muscle spasm and we can get it to release and get better.

“I’ve pitched through a lot of injuries and pains. I couldn’t even get through it.”

The pain, Adams said, is unlike anything he has felt before. As a result, the pitcher received an anti-imflammatory injection to help loosen up the muscle.

If it doesn’t improve by the weekend, Adams didn’t rule out the possibility of some tests or even a disabled-list stint.

“I don’t make those decisions. I don’t know the true timetable on what’s going on right now,” Adams said. “I feel better than I did yesterday. Yesterday, I felt horrible. Tomorrow, hopefully I’ll come in and feel a little bit better and keep progressing day by day. I had a little injection there and hope to loosen up that muscle. Hopefully, I can feel close to 100 percent to where I can go out there and pitch.”

Adams has pitched 15 innings in 17 games. He has a 3.00 ERA with 19 strikeouts and six walks.

Wait and see

Manager Charlie Manuel has heard good things about how Carlos Zambrano looked during workouts with the Phillies. That’s all good and gets the skipper a little excited about the prospect of adding a veteran arm to the rotation.

But Manuel wants to see Zambrano for himself first.

“My thoughts on him are that I haven’t seen him. When someone tells me someone is doing good, and it’s someone in baseball I respect, then I think, OK, that lights me up a little bit,” Manuel said. “But I like to see him for myself. I like to try and get a look at him, because I might be thinking a little differently than most people – usually I am.”

The Phillies announced they had signed Zambrano to a minor-league deal on Wednesday morning. Zambrano will work out in extended spring training games in Clearwater, Fla. before joining one of the Phillies’ minor-league affiliates.

If that goes well, Zambrano could join the Phillies.

In the meantime, team officials are calling it a low-risk, high-reward maneuver.

“We got positive feedback from everyone who has interacted with him recently,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. “We're just looking to add some depth and experience.”