Mike Adams knows he is a little behind as pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., for spring training today.
The set-up man, who the Texas Rangers acquired at the trade deadline last season from San Diego, underwent hernia surgery early last month but fully expects to be ready to go when the Rangers begin the season on April 6.
Adams says he's a couple of weeks behind the pace of everyone else in camp after throwing off the mound for the first time on Tuesday since his surgery and reporting no pain after the session.
"Most guys have been throwing off a mound before they get here and I just did it for the first time," Adams told ESPNDallas. "But I'll be fully caught up by mid-March. I feel good. I just have to get the arm strength up."
Adams won't face live hitters this week as he continues to build up his strength and stamina but he's looking forward on improving on what he did as a Ranger last season — not that it was all that bad.
Last season after the trade, Adams put up a 2.10 ERA in 27 apperances for the Rangers. Not bad at all, right? Well, for Adams it was. As a Padre, Adams had a 1.13 ERA in 48 appearances and hadn't had an ERA over 2.00 since 2008.