Phillies Decide Mike Adams’ Spasming Back is Worth MRI or Two


It’s just not a dreary morning without a Mike Adams’ back update!

UPDATE: It’s not great.

Apr 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike Adams (37) delivers to the plate during the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Mets 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Adams threw a game of catch the other day to prove how little the back spasms he’s been suffering were offending him, but then admitted later that even this action required a shot of painkilling.  He was technically unavailable in yesterday’s day game due to his condition, though he was probably also uninterested to be a part of a disgraceful 10-4 loss.

If this continues, Adams may be on the way to the MRI machine, which indicates a trip to the DL.  Subtracting Adams, whose had his own problems, from a bullpen that already features a whole arsenal of disarmed hurlers, would probably mean a lot more six or eight out saves for Jonathan Papelbon.

Chad Durbin and Jeremy Horst solidified the most recent polls yesterday with quickly derailing performances – Durbin got two outs, then walked the pitcher and allowed an infield single, and Horst came on to walk a guy on four pitches and then allow two runs to score.  It was kind of amazing, really; like watching nature in action.

So hopefully, Adams’ back spasms – a new ailment for the career set up man – are willing to settle down for a bit, for the sake of the Phillies bullpen stability.

But they hardly ever do that.

They’re back spasms.