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January 14, 2012

Mike Adams hopes to be ready by start of spring games

Right-hander Mike Adams will start throwing again Monday after having hernia surgery last week, and he hopes to be ready by the time Cactus League games roll around in early March. Adams said that he went to the doctor because of persistent aching in his lower back and groin.

"Once I had the surgery, my back pain went right away," he said.

Adams also spoke about not being given the opportunity to be the Rangers' closer this season. He is disappointed, as he is with his performance after being acquired from San Diego on July 31, but believes Joe Nathan as closer and Neftali Feliz in the rotation are changes that will make the Rangers better.

"I wish I would have been given the opportunity to close, but it’s not going to work out," Adams said. "I’m not going to pout. I still have a job to do and my goal, no matter the role, is to be the best in baseball."

-- Jeff Wilson



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