It's been a season of injuries for the Rangers' pitching staff. The last week of the season, included.
The club must now prepare for the possibility that primary setup man Mike Adams may not be available for
the final five games of the season and perhaps the AL Division Series.
Adams, who allowed three homers on Thursday, underwent an MRI on his right shoulder and around the
trapezius muscle in his neck Friday in the wake of more pain. The test revealed no significant damage to
the shoulder joint and he was diagnosed with a "mild cervical strain." Continued treatment and rest is the
method for recovery. Adams has already conceded that he won't pitch in the weekend series against Los
Angeles. He left open the possibility of missing the season-ending Oakland series as well, in an effort to
finally get past the "pulling sensation" he feels every time he throws.
"I can't keep going out there with nothing," Adams said. "I had nothing on my fastball (Thursday). It's
not helping anybody."
Adams has already received an injection of anti-inflammatory steroids for the condition, then took a
week off. He returned to pitch three scoreless innings, but allowed five base runners in that time. Adams
said that the soreness gradually resumed once he started pitching again.
He pitched on back-to-back days Sunday and Monday. When the Rangers asked him to come back after two
days of rest, the condition was as bad as it has been. If the Rangers win the division and don't play until
Oct. 6 or 7, they could get Adams nine or 10 days of rest, which he thinks may be enough to allow the
muscle to loosen up once and for all.
Without Adams, the Rangers do have the ability to insert hot righty Koji Uehara into the eighth-inning
role or move Alexi Ogando from the seventh to the eighth.