Mike Adams’ rough September hit its roughest point on Thursday, when Adams faced five hitters and allowed three home runs, allowing the Oakland A’s to get back into the game. Crisis was averted thanks to Koji Uehara, who got out of the eighth and Joe Nathan, who shut the door in the ninth for a 9-7 win, but are Adams’ struggles of recent cause for concern?
According to Rangers’ manager Ron Washington, no, not really.
“Just a bad day,” Washington said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Prior to today, Mike Adams has been nails.”
For the most part, yeah, but as we mentioned, it hasn’t been a sterling month for the Rangers’ 8th inning specialist. For the month of September, Adams has allowed 14 hits and 7 runs through 8 1/3 innings pitched, while walking as many as he has struck out (5 of each). Adams was also sidelined for around a week earlier this month with a strained trapezius muscle, which required an anti-inflammatory shot.
Washington did say that giving Adams a little extra rest in the coming week, where circumstances allowed, was an option.