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September 21, 2011

Adams to have sports hernia surgery; done for year

Orioles rookie infielder Ryan Adams will definitely have surgery to repair a sports hernia. It likely will happen in Philadelphia within the next week or so.

Adams said athletic trainer Richie Bancells was waiting on a phone call Thursday that would confirm the details, but Adams figures he might as well have it surgically repaired soon and miss the last week of the season.

“I took a few days off and it felt better, and then I played (Monday) and … the next day, I couldn’t even lift my leg out of bed,” Adams said. “So it’s just not getting any better and I talked to Buck [Showalter], and it was just one of those things: Why wait another week? Why not just get it done now?”

Adams, 24, played in 29 games with the Orioles, hitting .281 with four doubles and seven RBIs. Since his last recall Aug. 22, he has batted .303 and hit safely in 14 of his 19 games.

He said the injury bothered him for much of the season while he was in Triple-A Norfolk, but he thought it was a groin pull. He had an MRI about two weeks ago, and it showed a tear. He initially tried to play through it but said it has bothered him in every facet of the game.

“Everything. It’s been bothering me when I swing,” he said. “When you swing, you are using your legs. Anything in the groin area in baseball is tough, especially as a middle infielder, you are always in a squat position, moving side to side. It’s tough.”

He said he’s been told the recovery will be about three weeks, so he should have no problem being ready for spring training. And since he made it to the big leagues this year, he said, he can’t be too disappointed with ending his season now.

“I got to be here, so I just look at it as being fortunate enough to get up here, and I just look forward to getting better and getting it healthy for next year,” he said.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:03 PM | | Comments (2)


Smart move by Adams to have the surgery done immediately.

This should give him another step, allowing him to get in front of more balls hit to his left and right - perhaps reducing some error opportunities.

2012 may be a good year for him.

So much for Adams. He made the mistake of making it to the big leagues and then compounded the error by performing rather well.

This, of course, means the Orioles' player development people will have no choice but to ruin him.

Already, seems as though they snuck into his bedroom late one night and gave him a hernia without even waking him up. They likely barely broke a sweat.

Now there is nothing to do but wait. Should the operation be successful, they will still have all winter to find a way to ruin him again.

In the meantime, they will just have to rest on their laurels for the outstanding number they did on Duchscherer, Roberts, and Matusz. Fine work, gentleman.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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