CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Setup man Mike Adams hasn't had any health concerns since he showed up at camp this month.
But Phillies officials probably didn't mind seeing him make a successful Grapefruit League debut on Thursday in a 10-5 victory over the Braves at Bright House Field. Because Adams had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee had originally planned to push Adams' debut into the first week of March, as there is no reason to rush him. But Adams told Dubee he could go earlier. So, he did.
"To me, it's not a big shock with how I feel right now," said Adams,who allowed one hit and struck out one in one inning. "There was no reason medically why we were holding out. It's more of me really not wanting to throw 15, 16 innings in spring. I'm just glad that they worked with me on that."