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September 30, 2012

Mike Adams says he has Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Mike Adams said that doctors have identified symptoms associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and the right-hander will attempt to pitch through the injury before having surgery in the off-season.

Several Rangers players and pitchers have had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which is caused by a rib pushing down on a nerve and causing numbness in the hand and a dead-arm sensation. Kenny Rogers and Matt Harrison have had it, as have Hank Blalock and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Adams said that the plan for now is to give his arm rest in the hopes that pressure will be relieved from the nerve. If so, he might be available for the Rangers in the postseason. If not, surgery will have to be performed for the soon-to-be free agent.

"I've got to see a couple more specialiasts," Adams said. "Not good at all. We don't know the severity of it. We can do some things to raise the pressure on what's going on in there."

Adams has had TOS symptoms throughout the season but didn't know what it was. He learned only Saturday morning that he has it.

-- Jeff Wilson



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