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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mike Adams to sit 2-3 days with sore shoulder

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams said a muscle in the back of his right shoulder felt tight during his outing Tuesday and that he’ll take it easy for the next two to three days.

Adams, the club’s primary eighth-inning reliever, said he’s received treatment on the area and that he felt fine in warm-ups but could feel it tighten on him shortly after he entered the game.

“Very rarely do you pitch completely fine, but last night was a little bit more than I’m used to,” Adams said. “It was bothering me significantly enough that I couldn’t finish my pitches. Last night, nothing was flowing the way it should have.”

Adams said he believes it’s his trapezius muscle that is sore and wants to be sure that he takes care of the problem now so that it doesn’t get worse.

“Hopefully it’s not more than two or three days,” Adams said. “We’re at the time of the year right now where I think it’s important that I do get back to feeling as close to 100 percent as I possibly can. The last thing I want to do is keep on going out there and battling through stuff. It’s late in the season now and everybody is a little bit banged up, but we still have a lot of baseball to play. The last thing I want to do is make it worse than it really is.”

With Adams out, Alexi Ogando will slide in as the eighth-inning setup man if available and Tanner Scheppers and Koji Uehara could split seventh-inning duties. Robbie Ross, who has been on the disabled list with a minor left forearm strain, is expected to return Friday.