DETROIT -- Mike Adams showed up for spring training behind the rest of the bullpen. He hadn't thrown off a mound after hernia surgery and needed time to build up his arm strength.
But maybe the extra time off this offseason was exactly what Adams needed. The 33-year-old has allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings. He hasn't walked anyone and has three strikeouts. He's also got a save.
"He looks so much fresher," manager Ron Washington said. "When we got him, he had already thrown a bunch of innings. We were trying to win games down the stretch and when with our big guys and he was one of them. We relied more on him. When you're in that situation, you get the ball a lot. He got a chance to work at his own pace after the season and he's refreshed."
Washington sees a pitcher who isn't as fatigued. Adams admitted this spring that he was tired when 2011 ended. He pitched a total of 73 2/3 innings, the most in his career. He pitched 48 innings in San Diego prior to the deadline and then threw another 25 2/3 innings for the Rangers.
Adams did get a half-season to adjust to the American League and the hitters over here (he had only pitched in the National League previously in his career) and he's come out in 2012 aggressive with hitters and doing a nice job with his location and changing speeds.
"I do feel fresh, but I think it's more being comfortable," Adams said. "I'm used to this team and this clubhouse. I think I put too much pressure on myself to pitch well after the trade. I wanted to pitch well for a new team. But I'm comfortable now and just pitching."