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Mike Adams to have surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

Oct 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Mike Adams struggled down the stretch before being shut down with neck and shoulder problems, and now the Rangers reliever will undergo surgery next week for thoracic outlet syndrome.

That’s the same surgery Chris Carpenter underwent back in July, when it was called “season-ending.” Instead he made it back for September and won a playoff game this week.

None of which guarantees anything regarding Adams’ recovery timetable, but the hope is that he’ll be ready for spring training. Adams will be a free agent this offseason, so it’s rough timing for a pitcher who’s been one of baseball’s best relievers for the past five years and, if healthy, would finally be in line for a big payday at age 34.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome seems to be in vogue lately. The preferred solution seems to involve the removal of a rib. So far the operation does not have a name such as “Tommy John Surgery”. I can think of one celebrity who allegedly had a couple of ribs removed; so my proposed name for this operation is “Cher Bono Surgery”.

  2. mgflolox - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    That’s all well & good but, what I want to know is, what about his henchmen?

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