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.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have promoted 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger, 21, is considered the Dodgers’ best prospect and No. 10 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger was hitting .343/.429/.627 with five home runs, 15 RBI, 15 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 77 plate appearances.
The Dodgers are dealing with a slew of injuries to their outfielders — most recently losing Joc Pederson to a strained groin — so Bellinger is likely to get regular playing time there.
The Marlins are on the last leg of a nine-game road trip that started in Seattle, took them through San Diego, and now has them in Philadelphia. If the hectic travel schedule weren’t punishing enough, the NFL Draft has heaped some more difficulty onto the Marlins’ trip.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that, because the NFL booked all of the hotels in Philadelphia ahead of the draft (which starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday), the Marlins have to stay at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
At least the city of Wilmington is welcoming the Marlins with open arms: