Mike Adams came to Philadelphia to be one of the game’s best set-up men.
He’s been smacked around a bit, visiting the DL in his spare time, and it’s safe to say things haven’t gone according to plan. And if they have, then this plan sucks.
Adams is just one portion of the Phillies’ blueprint going into 2013 whose downward spiral was not predicted, so there’s not technically a feasible contingency plan in place. Sure, one of those youngsters will jump into the eighth inning and do their thing – “thing” being “giving up hits/runs” – but that’s more of a “warm body” situation. Besides, with the way Papelbon’s been throwing, setting him up is easier than ever.
But Adams isn’t going to be a problem for the Phillies anymore, you’ll be happy to know. You won’t be happy to know that it’s because he’s headed for the DL again – possibly for the rest of the season.
He’s sitting for the same reason as fellow Phillies reliever Michael Stutes; right bicep tendinitis, but an MRI also showed that Adam’s $12 million arm had some “labrum changes,” which, if operated on, would mean the end of 2013 for the 34-year-old right-hander.
Rich Dubee apparently gathered all the relievers together for a meeting the other day, just before the series with the Padres started with a horrendous fart of bullpen incompetence, so he could shrug at them and go “……uhh…hmmm?”
It was a resounding speech that gave everyone the confidence to believe in themselves and maybe try to change careers while they’re still young.