Mike Adams will return this month …

Greetings from Dodger Stadium, where we are a month away from the end of the regular season. For some, it probably can’t come soon enough. Not Mike Adams, though.

The Padres reliever is going to play catch on Saturday as he attempts to work his way back from a shoulder strain.

“I don’t think he’s going to end the season on the DL [disabled list],” Padres manager Bud Black said.

It was initially feared that Adams, who went on the disabled list on Aug. 26 (retroactive to Aug. 22) might be shut down for the remainder of the season. Remember, Adams underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum last

While this current injury is affecting the same shoulder, Black said the symptoms and severity of Adams’ current
injury are far different than what bothered him last season. That’s good news for everyone involved.

In 30 appearances this season, Adams has a 0.92 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings pitched. He’s been one of the most reliable set-up pitchers in the National League and has allowed Luke Gregerson to handle the seventh inning as the Padres build a bridge from their starter to closer Heath Bell.

The Padres are currently using a mix of Adam Russell, Joe Thatcher and Gregerson to cover the seventh/eight innings to get to Bell.

Corey Brock, MLB.com

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