Rangers' Mike Adams: 'I'm not right'

Updated: September 28, 2012, 11:16 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- An MRI on Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams' shoulder revealed no serious issues after his trapezius muscle bothered him again while giving up three runs in the eighth inning of Thursday's win over the Oakland Athletics.

Adams, diagnosed with a mild cervical (neck) strain, said Friday he'll "take a step back" and let the muscle heal. He isn't sure how long he could be out.

Asked if he could be ready for Game 1 of the AL Division Series, assuming the Rangers get there, Adams said, "We'll see."

"I really do hope so," Adams said. "To be very honest, I have to take off whatever is needed. I can't put myself in that position again like I did yesterday and I don't want to go out there and be ineffective."

Adams gave up three solo home runs in the eighth inning of the Rangers' 9-7 win over the A's on Thursday. It was the first time in Adams' career that he surrendered multiple home runs in an inning. He is 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 61 appearances this season and has been the club's primary setup man all year.

"I'm not right, right now," Adams said. "Physically, I'm not 100 percent. I've been going out there battling, grinding, knowing I'm not 100 percent. Yesterday, luckily we had the lead we had. Had it been a two-run lead, obviously I would have cost us a win. I can't keep doing that. I can't keep putting myself through that and more importantly, I can't do that to my teammates. Had I cost us a win yesterday, that wouldn't have been fair to my teammates."

With Adams out indefinitely, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando will handle the eighth inning depending on matchups and how the game is going.

Adams was out a week to give the tight muscle a chance to heal, but he didn't feel normal Thursday. He said his arm felt "5 pounds heavier" on the mound and while he's never dealt with "dead arm," he thinks it's possible that's how he felt. Adams said he knew even before he looked at his velocity on the videoboard after a few pitches that the ball wasn't coming out of his hand right.

"I just can't keep doing it," Adams said. "I tried. My stuff has really taken a hit from trying to go out there and pitch injured. I think the most important thing right now is getting back healthy, whether that's taking this weekend off or taking a week off, and if it has to go a little bit longer than that, we'll do what's best for this team and myself."

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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