Mike Adams diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome

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Rangers setup man Mike Adams has struggled in September, allowing seven earned runs on 14 hits over just 8 1/3 innings. And now there’s a valid reason for those uncharacteristically poor results.

According to beat writer Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the right-hander was diagnosed this weekend with thoracic outlet syndrome — a condition that causes pain in the neck and shoulder and can affect a pitcher’s ability to grip a baseball.

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter was issued the same diagnosis earlier this year and had to get a rib removed to curb the symptoms. He’s back in action now but missed the first five months of the season.

Adams will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. He’s hoping to pitch in the playoffs, but that seems doubtful.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.