Rangers shut down set-up man Adams

BY foxsports • September 28, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas —Texas set-up man Mike Adams is out indefinitely as he continues to be bothered by a muscle problem in his right shoulder.
Adams had an MRI on the shoulder Friday, one day after allowing three homers to Oakland. He had allowed just one homer all season and hadn't allowed more than one homer in any appearance in his career.
An MRI revealed no structural damage and Adams was diagnosed with a mild cervical strain. He will receive treatment and continue to be evaluated.
Adams went a week without pitching earlier this month because of a sore right trapezius muscle. He returned to pitching but still isn't 100 percent. 
"I need to take a step back," Adams said. "I'm not right, right now. Physically I'm not 100 percent. I've been going out there battling, grinding, knowing I'm not 100 percent. Yesterday, luckily, we had the lead we had. Had it been a two-run lead I obviously would have cost us a win. I can't keep putting myself through that. More importantly, I can't keep doing that to my teammates."
Adams has a 7.56 ERA in his last nine appearances and hasn't worked a perfect inning since Aug. 27. Adams said his arm felt heavy Thursday against Oakland. His velocity has also dropped.
The Rangers won't have one set-up man in his absence but will likely lean on right-handers Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando.
Adams doesn't know how long he'll be down. He said that if this were the middle of the season he'd take off 15 or 20 days, whatever was needed to heal.
"We're going to try and take it day by day and doing what's best not only for myself but the team also," Adams said. "It's kind of lingered for a few weeks. My stuff has really taken a hit from going out there and trying to pitch injured. The most important thing is trying to get healthy whether that's taking this weekend off or taking a week off. If it has to go a little bit longer than that, we're going to do what's best for my team and myself. I'm going to have to take off whatever's needed."

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