PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mike Adams wants to contribute to the 2014 Phillies, that much is clear. Another season was cut short for Adams in 2013 due to injury, and he is working hard to get back for the team.
“I got paid well to come here and perform, and obviously, I haven’t done that yet. It’s a commitment that was made on both sides, they did their side of it and obviously I haven’t lived up to my side. I want to make sure that I do give them the return that they ask for,” Adams told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday.
Spring Training hasn’t officially begun for the Phillies, but Adams is already in Clearwater.
“I’m not on a normal schedule. I’m not exactly sure what the exact schedule is. It’s kind of more of OK, we’re going to take it step by step and day by day and see where it takes us. Like I said, everything is done great and the last we want to do now is create a set back. As far as getting on the mound, I’m a little bit behind everybody else,” Adams said. “We’re not going to rush nothing. I do think, opening day is an optimistic possibly, but at the same time we’re going try not to rush this. We’re going to try to make sure we do this correctly and that way stay healthy for the whole season.”
As for the rest of the team, Adams is hoping for the best. The 2013 Phillies won 73 games, and the biggest addition has been Marlon Byrd. Ruben Amaro has repeatedly said that for the team to succeed, he’s counting on the players that are already here to do it.
“I see a lot of optimism. Hopefully these guys come back with a little bit of fire in them and want to get out there and prove some people wrong. Obviously we’re an older group and there’s being a lot said about is being too old and stuff like that,” Adams said. “So hopefully these guys have read a few of those things and get that fire going. I think we can be a team that makes a run into the playoffs, and gets into the playoffs, but at the same time there are a lot of things that need to go right for us. So we’ll see. I think there’s a good chance we can have a good ball club, but at the same time there’s that chance that everything can kind of fall apart.”