Buzz: Mike Adams to meet team in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams was expected to join the club at some point before Tuesday's game, but is not ready to pitch and is doubtful for the first round of the playoffs.

Adams saw Dr. Drew Dossett, a neck and spine specialist, on Monday and received an injection in his neck. Adams will meet with the Rangers' training staff to get a plan together for the week. Adams is dealing with a cervical (neck) strain and symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. General manager Jon Daniels said Adams would have to play catch, long toss and get back on a mound before he could return to action and be considered for the postseason roster.

"It's hard to take him without seeing him get out there," Daniels said.

Daniels said the club hasn't closed the door and when they start the playoffs could impact things. If the Rangers win the AL West and get the top seed, they'd start Sunday as opposed to Saturday and that would give them one more day to get things in order. But it certainly seems doubtful at this point.

Adams was the club's primary eighth-inning option and was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 52 1/3 innings. Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando will handle the eighth inning depending on the situation in the game.

Other notes:

* Closer Joe Nathan said he would have been ready to pitch last night had it been a save situation. But he got the day off after pitching in both games of the club's doubleheader against the Angels on Sunday. Nathan said he just wants a win tonight and if that means he's on the mound in a one-run game, that's fine by him.

"I wouldn't mind 15-0 and if it's 2-1, I'll be ready," Nathan said. "We've led this division since April and we don't want to see anyone tie us."

* There is nothing new on the Derek Holland Twitter issue (the homophobic slur sent on his account). He says he didn't do it and is waiting for MLB to finish investigating. Daniels said there was nothing to report in terms of an update there.