Adams joins Rangers but status in doubt

Adams joins Rangers but status in doubt

OAKLAND -- Reliever Mike Adams flew to Oakland on Tuesday to rejoin the Rangers, but it's still unlikely that he'll be ready for the first round of the playoffs.

Adams remained behind in Texas to be examined by doctors on Monday. He has been bothered by pain and stiffness in his neck and shoulder, and he has been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a condition that causes numbness and tingling in the arm. He received an injection in his neck on Monday.

Adams hasn't pitched since Thursday, and the Rangers aren't sure how much he'll be able to throw in the next few days. The Rangers could begin the playoffs as early as Friday or as late as Sunday.

"It's really a matter of how he's feeling and his tolerance," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It's really day to day and step by step. He'll play catch, long toss and then get on a mound."

That may not be enough time to be ready for the first round of the playoffs. But rosters can be adjusted after each round if the Rangers advance.

"We haven't made that call, he's still in the mix," Daniels said. "We'll see how he's feeling, but it will be tough for him to be active without seeing him throw. It would be hard to take him without seeing him."