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Recovered from January hernia surgery, Mike Adams set to make spring debut Friday

Mar 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington Reuters

Mike Adams‘ recovery from January hernia surgery is well ahead of schedule and the Rangers reliever is expected to make his spring training debut Friday against the Dodgers.

Adams told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s slightly behind the other pitchers in camp and is still “building up arm strength.”

However, he’s been throwing without any problems and has a bullpen session slated for Tuesday. Or as Adams put it: “I don’t have any pain and that’s the main thing.”

Adams logged 26 innings with a 2.10 ERA after the Rangers acquired him from the Padres on July 31, which is pretty remarkable considering he was pitching through a hernia. He’ll be Joe Nathan‘s primary setup man this season in what figures to be a very deep Texas bullpen.

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