Too often, Mike Adams said, he has heard somber news from a doctor about his right shoulder.
"I was already planning for the worst based on history and how my shoulder was feeling," Adams said. "But getting those results back . . . I'm optimistic again."
There is no damage to Adams' rotator cuff, the part of the shoulder that required surgery last July. Still, the Phillies righthander will require a cortisone injection later this week in an effort to strengthen the area around his labrum, which is fraying, according to an MRI examination.
Adams, 35, will not throw for at least 10 days. He is likely to miss about a month if everything breaks right. His last appearance was June 6. That could leave a small window for rival teams to evaluate Adams, who had a 2.12 ERA before his injury.