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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."

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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.

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