Reliever Mike Adams, sidelined since early June with chronic shoulder problems, worked out with the Phillies before Monday night’s game and will head to Lehigh Valley for a week’s worth of rehab time before possibly rejoining the big club for the final weeks of the season.
Adams was supposed to solve a lot of problems in the Phillies’ bullpen when the team signed him to a two-year, $12 million deal (with a third-year option) before the 2013 season, but shoulder injuries have limited him to just 47 appearances.
The 37-year-old right-hander may be at the end of the line. He regrets that he wasn’t able to contribute more in Philadelphia.
“When I signed here two years ago, I expected a lot more than what I've done,” Adams said Monday. “There probably isn't anyone more disappointed by the situation than myself. I proclaimed it would be a good three-year deal, and obviously it hasn't worked out that way. I said I didn't want to steal money, and that's exactly what happened.”
File that one under stuff you don’t hear every day from a pro athlete.
Manager Ryne Sandberg said Adams was scheduled to get three one-inning outings at Lehigh Valley. If all goes well, he could be in the Phillies’ bullpen next week.
The Phillies’ bullpen is a different place than it was when Adams last pitched on June 6. Ken Giles has emerged and become a force in the eighth inning. Jake Diekman is being used for important outs late in games.
What will Adams' role be when he returns?
“That depends on how he’s doing and where he’s at,” Sandberg said. “We’ll figure it out. You can always use pitching.”
Adams is unsure whether he will try to pitch somewhere next season.
“I just want to finish this season healthy,” he said.