Adams likely unavailable for a few games

Adams likely unavailable for a few games

Adams likely unavailable for a few games
ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Mike Adams could be down for a couple of days while dealing with a sore trapezius muscle in the back of his right shoulder. Adams is the Rangers' No. 1 setup reliever.

Adams said he felt the muscle tighten up on Tuesday night while pitching the eighth inning in the Rangers' 6-4 victory over the Indians. Adams, called upon with the Rangers leading, 6-2, couldn't finish the inning.

"Once I got on the mound, it started tightening up," Adams said. "I warmed up fine, but all of a sudden on the mound it tightened up. I thought my stuff would be good enough to get through it, but I'm glad they got me when they did. I knew after three batters that it was going to be tight."

Adams faced five batters and allowed one run on one hit and two walks while recording two outs on 26 pitches. Koji Uehara took over and allowed a run-scoring single to Casey Kotchman before Tanner Scheppers struck out Michael Brantley to end the inning.

"I felt like I was shot-putting the ball," Adams said. "You always pitch in a little discomfort. You rarely pitch perfectly fine but last night more than usual it bothered me significantly. I couldn't finish my pitches. I'm taking today off for sure and let it calm down and go day by day for now. Last night we did some things [with treatment] to help move it along."

Adams has a 7.71 ERA in five appearances in September after going 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 12 games in August. Opponents hit .195 off him that month but are 7-for-19 (.368) so far in September.

With Adams out, Alexi Ogando and Scheppers become the Rangers' primary eighth-inning weapons. Left-hander Michael Kirkman is also an option. The Rangers are 72-1 this season when leading after seven innings.