CINCINNATI -- The reason Mike Adams or Antonio Bastardo did not start the eighth inning Monday in a tie game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park is simple -- the Phillies need them the entire season.
So as much as the Phillies would like to pitch them every time the game is tied or they have the lead, they cannot. Adams had pitched four of the previous five games, and is coming back following thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Bastardo had pitched three of the previous four.
Adams said he feels fine right now, but overuse early in the season could change that.
"Usually for me, the less I throw the worse I feel," Adams said. "Yesterday's situation was kind of weird. I was hoping to be in there at the start of the inning. It didn't work out that way."
Left-hander Jeremy Horst started the inning, but a swinging bunt single and a bloop double put runners on second and third with no outs. Horst intentionally walked Jay Bruce to load the bases. Adams entered at that point only because the Phillies were trying to extend the game. He got the ground ball he wanted, but it wasn't hit at anybody and a couple runs scored.
"So far I feel good," Adams said. "The days I don't feel well, I'll be honest with them and let them know I need a day off."
He said he doesn't even thinking about the TOC surgery anymore.
"That's all in the past," he said. "I'm still trying to break some bad habits I created from last year, but as far as how I feel and stuff like that, that's a non-issue."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less