May 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike Adams (37) during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Adams eyeing a Monday return to the Phillies according to Ruben Amaro


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According to Ruben Amaro, per Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, reliever Mike Adams is closing in on a return.

Adams, who the Phillies signed to a two-year/$12 million deal prior to the 2013 season, struggled mightily in an injury-riddled first season in red pinstripes last year. Adams, who is now 35, saw a drop in velocity from his time in San Diego, and posted a 3.96 ERA in 28 games. He was shut-down in late June, after an MRI revealed three tears in his right-shoulder, which ultimately led to surgery for the veteran righty.

While a return next week, could be a huge boost to a team that is desperate to get any sort of consistent reliever (especially one that is right-handed), there is no guarantee that the old Mike Adams comes back. Even if Adams comes back and pitches well, but not at the level that earned him a hefty contract for a reliever, don’t be surprised if he goes underused by the Phillies. Adams will only need to make 20 appearances in 2014 for a $6 million 2015 option to vest.

 

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