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Mike Adams held out Sunday due to back spasms

May 12, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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Mike Adams allowed a run in his most recent appearance on May 10 against the Diamondbacks. He had the day off on Saturday, but was unavailable today in the series finale in Arizona due to back spasms. The 34-year-old’s absence forced Jonathan Papelbon to be used a day after converting a five-out save, a fact that made Adams apprehensive.

Via Matt Gelb:

Mike Adams waited for Papelbon to arrive before disclosing his own news. The setup man asked the closer if he could pitch.

“I’m good to go,” Papelbon told him.

“Good,” Adams said, “because I’m not.”

Adams was sidelined by back spasms he said occurred within the last five minutes of batting practice before Sunday’s 4-2 win. He tried loosening up and the training staff applied treatment to no avail.

Adams had off-season surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder. He has a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings so far in his first season with the Phillies after they signed him to a two-year, $12 million dollar contract.

  1. mungman69 - May 13, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Take some time off Mike, the Phillies won’t need you until the stretch run.

  2. mgflolox - May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    But still no word on his henchmen…

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