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The Philadelphia Phillies may not know whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but they will surely know how limited they currently are. With injuries to some of their top players, and injuries to role player sprinkled in, the Phillies will have a hard time making a run. News came down this weekend that Mike Adams' season is likely over and Jeremy Horst's season is definitely over.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Adams' shoulder did not respond to conservative treatment approaches, so the veteran righty will undergo surgery that should likely end his season. Horst, who has been battling elbow problems, will be shut down completely for six weeks before any further rehab can take place. He will also pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews. If his elbow needs surgery, Horst could be out until sometime after the season starts next year.
The loss of Adams has been the bigger blow for the Phillies. They signed him to a two-year deal this past offseason after Adams had to undergo offseason Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery. His current injury is not considered related to the TOS, but his injuries are piling up. When healthy, though, Adams is one of the best relievers in the game.
Regardless of who it is, the Phillies can ill-afford to lose anymore players. They need trade chips or they need players to contribute to a run. In both cases, injuries will have a negative impact beyond just on field performance. This is a team that doesn't feel terribly far off from competing, but they can't seem to gel and get things going. Maybe when they are healthy it will be a different story, but there's no telling if and when that will happen.
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