Manager Buck Showalter talked about rookie infielder Ryan Adams during his pre-game media session. Adams will have sports hernia surgery in the near future -- once he can get scheduled to see a specialist in Philadelphia -- and won't play again this year.
Adams hit while he was in Baltimore -- he batted .280 in 29 games and .303 since being recalled again Aug. 22. He had some defensive lapses, though, and some base-running mistakes.
"I think he has been exposed to different things. You can only tell him so much in spring training or in Bowie or Norfolk. You have to actually see it for yourself," Showalter said. "There are some things he's got to clean up a little bit, and I look forward in seeing how quickly that happens. I was talking to Brian Graham and some people that have had him, and he's gotten better every year defensively and at things, at all phases of the game. So that bodes well for him, his aptitude is getting a little better. We've seen some things that he has done better up here than he was doing when he originally got here."
Still, Showalter said the jury may still be out, since the 24-year-old has been bothered by groin/sports hernia problems for months.
"I don't think anybody can say for sure what they've seen from him with the health factor, how much that has affected him. I think running, moving around, first step," Showalter said. "So I think I'm still very open-minded about where he might fit in our plans as we go forward. I think there is some unknown until you see him completely healthy."