OAKLAND -- Mike Adams is back with the club, but the reliever is still unsure whether he will be ready to pitch in the first round of the playoffs. Adams said he is feeling much improvement with the pain in his neck and shoulder but is still unsure about the symptoms he is feeling from thoracic outlet syndrome.
That's a condition where a rib bone presses against a nerve, causing pain and numbness in the arm. Adams said those symptoms have been more "pronounced" lately now that he understands what he is dealing with. Right now, Adams is limited to playing catch, and there is no word yet on when he will resume throwing off the mound.
"Hopefully I can calm it down enough and have everything feel good enough so I can go out and throw," Adams said. "I don't know how good it is, but hopefully it will be good enough."
Adams hasn't pitched since last Thursday against Oakland, when he gave up a career-high three home runs in one inning.
"It will all be determined by how I feel and how I respond," Adams said. "I'm just hoping for the best. The worst thing now is having to sit. It's the worst thing in the world when there's no chance of getting in there and you don't know what's going on."