After witnessing what the Phillies bullpen is like without him, Mike Adams got back on a mound on Wednesday.
March 28, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mike Adams (37) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
It could be another week before we see Adams in a Phillies uniform again, but that is relatively short tenure, given the large gaps of time other Phillies will definitely be missing. Adams was suffering from back spasms and made himself unavailable out of the bullpen before being transplanted to the 15-day DL.
Friday, Adams will throw a bullpen session, and then in the days following, will join a Threshers game for a rehab appearance. The Clearwater roster will also be showcasing other low level Phillies prospects simultaneously, like Roy Halladay, John Lannan, and Carlos Zambrano. Only then will he make his way north.
By then, it will probably be too late. Next week at this time, the Phillies will have finished their first series with the Nationals and be in the middle of another one of these two game splits with an AL team, this time the Red Sox. The bullpen will have been dragged through tests from the not-quite superior Nationals and the for-no-reason talented Red Sox. Without a stable set-up man, those tests may have been exercises in horrible futility.
But it’s not like Adams has been flawless; and the Phillies continue to rotate out young arms in exchange for other, also young arms, as Phillippe Aumont was auctioned to Lehigh yesterday to make room for some fair-haired, as yet anonymous pitcher.