Mike Adams was considered a question mark for the beginning of spring training after undergoing hernia surgery on January 3, but the Rangers reliever has already started throwing and said yesterday that he’s “not limited at all.”
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Adams is slightly behind schedule compared to the other pitchers in camp, but is slated to throw his first bullpen session Tuesday or Wednesday.
Adams also admitted to Sullivan that he pitched most of the second half with the injury, initially thinking it was a back problem, and “might have had it before” being traded from the Padres to the Rangers on July 30. All of which makes his 2.10 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio in 26 innings for the Rangers even more impressive, although Adams was something less than his usual self in the playoffs while allowing 17 baserunners (but only three runs) in 8.1 innings.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.