With the Los Angeles Dodgers still needing to settle on a group of relievers as part of their 25-man roster for Opening Day, one player who was certain to not be included was relief pitcher Mike Adams.
The veteran right-hander signed a Minor-League contract with an invitation to big league camp in early March and was informed Tuesday he would begin the season in the Minors.
However, according to Pedro Moura of the OC Register, Adams won’t report to Triple-A as planned and may retire:
RHP Mike Adams has left the Dodgers and will not report to Triple-A, as was planned. Retirement may be imminent.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) April 3, 2015
While Adams joined the Dodgers later than other pitchers, injuries left the door open for the possibility that he take hold of spot in the bullpen. He appeared in five games, never throwing more than one inning per appearance (4.2 total innings pitched) and finished camp with a 9.64 ERA.
Adams was particularly ineffective in his most recent outing on March 30 as he allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, appearing in 22 games and compiling a 2.89 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 2014.
A shoulder injury limited him to just 18.2 innings pitched last season, during which he had a 2.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Prior to signing with the Phillies ahead of the 2013 season, he was among the game’s better setup men.
Adams became a free agent after last season when the Phillies declined their $6 million option. He appeared in just 50 games over two seasons with the Phillies as he battled injury issues and said last August his lack of productivity with the club had him feeling as though he was stealing money.
Should he opt to retire, Adams will finish his 10-year career having pitched for four teams and a 2.41 ERA in 408 games.
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