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.