The prized possession of the Phillies' offseason, Mike Adams, will make his spring debut Thursday against the Braves, according to CSNPhilly.com. It is the first of approximately eight spring training appearances Adams will make.
Surgery to correct Adams' thoracic outlet syndrome appears to have done the trick. Erik Kratz referred to Adams as "too ready right now," and Adams added that "to be able to pitch with my true stuff is exciting."
If Adams is back in one piece, it will be exciting for Phillies fans as well. The Phils had the second-worst eighth-inning ERA in baseball last season and blew 13 leads in that frame alone. To address it, they brought in the game's best setup man since 2009. Over the last four seasons Adams had a 1.84 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .190 opponents' batting average and 9.3 strikeouts per nine. And that includes last year, a down year when Adams was unhealthy and "felt like [he] was throwing a shot put."
We'll get a first look at Adams' truly devastating cutter today at 1:05 p.m. on The Comcast Network. Cole Hamels gets his second start.
The lineup is a possible Opening Day preview, minus the DH:
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Michael Young, 3B
6) Domonic Brown, RF
7) Darin Ruf, LF
8) Laynce Nix, DH
9) Erik Kratz, C