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Mike Adams injury: Phillies reliever likely out for the season

Three tears in his throwing shoulder have brought Adams' season to an end.

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The 2013 season is ending early for Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mike Adams. The veteran right-hander has three tears in his throwing throwing shoulder -- two in his surgically repaired labrum and one in his rotator cuff -- meaning that his first season with the Phillies is likely at an end, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Adams, 34, signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies in December. GM Ruben Amaro was well aware of Adams' history of shoulder problems -- he had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last October -- but decided to take a chance on the veteran anyways.

Adams is undecided at the moment about whether to go the surgery route or to try his hand at rehabbing without going under the knife. He received a second opinion on his shoulder Tuesday -- from Dodgers physician Neal ElAttrache -- and is already in the market for a third opinion on what to do. He has already undergone one labrum surgery in his career, and he has a $6 million team option for the 2015 season that becomes guaranteed if he throws 60 innings in 2014, so there is a lot riding on his decision.

Even if Adams does decide to undergo a procedure to repair the tears in his shoulder, there is no guarantee he will be ready to go by Spring Training next season. Adams made 28 appearances for the Phillies this season, posting a 3.96 earned-run average and 2.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 innings.

The right-hander earned his current two-year deal on the heels of five very successful seasons in the Padres and Rangers' bullpens, in which he put up a 1.98 ERA and averaged 59 innings a year.

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