Padres reliever Austin Adams underwent surgical procedure to restore the flexor tendon in his forearm this afternoon, stories Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link). It marks a disappointing finish to a season that has been worn out by a forearm pressure he suffered in April.
The timetable on Adams’ restoration isn’t clear, however it could price him a bit of subsequent season as properly. Sanders likens the process to the one teammate Drew Pomeranz underwent final August. He’s been out for nearly a calendar yr and simply launched into a minor league rehab task a pair weeks in the past. One can’t simply assume gamers’ restoration processes might be similar, after all, however it appears as if the 31-year-old Adams might lose the majority of the 2023 marketing campaign.
The fitting-hander made simply two appearances this season. Adams received into 65 video games a yr in the past, working to a 4.10 ERA with an enormous 31.5% strikeout proportion via 52 2/3 innings. He paired that swing-and-miss stuff with excessive wildness, nonetheless, strolling practically 15% of opponents and bizarrely plunking 24 batters. Adams led MLB in opponents hit by pitch, six away from second-place Joe Musgrove, regardless of being a single-inning reliever.
Management woes however, Adams might’ve labored his means into medium or high-leverage innings on the energy of his wipeout slider had he been wholesome this season. Sadly, he’s as a substitute spent the overwhelming majority of the yr on the 60-day injured record. Adams might be paid his $925K wage and accumulate a full yr of service time. He’ll eclipse the four-year service threshold and stays arbitration-eligible via 2024. He wouldn’t be in line for greater than a marginal elevate subsequent season if the Pads tendered him a contract, however they may elect to non-tender him and reallocate his spot on the 40-man roster over the winter in the event that they anticipate he’ll miss the vast majority of the 2023 marketing campaign.