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.
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.