Adams Still Not Himself

David Adams put up some pretty good numbers in his comeback bid in 2011 in rehab stops between the Gulf Coast League and the Tampa Yankees, but now nearly a year and half later after sustaining his broken ankle he says he is still not feeling normal.

He hit a combined .370 and posted an impressive .931 OPS in 29 rehab games this past season, including hitting .295 over his last ten games before being shut down for the season on August 8th.

"At the lower levels, it's not that they're [the stats] are not good, [the players] are not as smart and not as polished so I can get away with a few things, but at the higher levels, a lot of the stuff that I was getting away with like infield hits and stuff, it wouldn't work at the higher levels," Adams said flatly.

"I had one home run while I was down there so like I said, [the injury] affects everything. Your feet are the most important part for an athlete. You have to protect your feet and when one foot isn't working, nothing is working."

You'll have to forgive Adams if he sounds frustrated with the whole ordeal since, by his own admission, he hasn't felt like himself in quite some time.

"It feels alright but it doesn't feel normal," he admitted. "That's how it has been though since [suffering] the injury. I haven't played in six weeks.

"I don't remember when my last game was but since my last game I've just been resting it. I went back to a doctor and they told me to rest it for the rest of the year, do a lot of stretching, and that's all I've been doing.

"At times it's been frustrating but what am I going to do? Sitting here complaining isn't going to get me anywhere. I've done what people have told me [to do], stayed positive, and tried to get after it. It will lead me to a good place."

He is still trying to remain positive about his comeback bid to once again become one of the better middle infield hitting prospects, but the current status of the injury hasn't allowed him to be the player he knows he can be.

"Running has not felt normal since the injury, period," he said. "Any running, really. It takes a toll a little bit on everything but more so just running.

"It's definitely not allowing me to be the player I could be. I still feel like I'm a smart player, I work hard, so I feel like I can play the game and get away with things, but once you get to the higher levels I'm probably not going to get away with some of this stuff.

"I think that's the thing – at the lower levels I can get away with it but once you get to the higher levels I'm basically exposed."

For now Adams has to play the waiting game until his ankle can get back to feeling normal once again.

"I thought it was going to take two weeks," he said of the initial rehab. "Here we are a year and a half later. I started back lifting and everything.

"Pain-wise, there's minimal pain. But flexibility-wise and stuff, it's not where it needs to be. Who knows though, tomorrow I could wake up and it could feel great. We'll see."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe hit a combined .370 and posted an impressive .931 OPS in 29 rehab games this past season, including hitting .295 over his last ten games before being shut down for the season on August 8th.
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\r\n\"At the lower levels, it's not that they're [the stats] are not good, [the players] are not as smart and not as polished so I can get away with a few things, but at the higher levels, a lot of the stuff that I was getting away with like infield hits and stuff, it wouldn't work at the higher levels,\" Adams said flatly.
\r\n
\r\n\"I had one home run while I was down there so like I said, [the injury] affects everything. Your feet are the most important part for an athlete. You have to protect your feet and when one foot isn't working, nothing is working.\"
\r\n
\r\nYou'll have to forgive Adams if he sounds frustrated with the whole ordeal since, by his own admission, he hasn't felt like himself in quite some time.
\r\n
\r\n\"It feels alright but it doesn't feel normal,\" he admitted. \"That's how it has been though since [suffering] the injury. I haven't played in six weeks.
\r\n
\r\n\"I don't remember when my last game was but since my last game I've just been resting it. I went back to a doctor and they told me to rest it for the rest of the year, do a lot of stretching, and that's all I've been doing.
\r\n
\r\n\"At times it's been frustrating but what am I going to do? Sitting here complaining isn't going to get me anywhere. I've done what people have told me [to do], stayed positive, and tried to get after it. It will lead me to a good place.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe is still trying to remain positive about his comeback bid to once again become one of the better middle infield hitting prospects, but the current status of the injury hasn't allowed him to be the player he knows he can be.
\r\n
\r\n\"Running has not felt normal since the injury, period,\" he said. \"Any running, really. It takes a toll a little bit on everything but more so just running.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's definitely not allowing me to be the player I could be. I still feel like I'm a smart player, I work hard, so I feel like I can play the game and get away with things, but once you get to the higher levels I'm probably not going to get away with some of this stuff.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think that's the thing – at the lower levels I can get away with it but once you get to the higher levels I'm basically exposed.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor now Adams has to play the waiting game until his ankle can get back to feeling normal once again.
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\r\n\"I thought it was going to take two weeks,\" he said of the initial rehab. \"Here we are a year and a half later. I started back lifting and everything.
\r\n
\r\n\"Pain-wise, there's minimal pain. But flexibility-wise and stuff, it's not where it needs to be. Who knows though, tomorrow I could wake up and it could feel great. We'll see.\"
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