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Mike Adams signs with Dodgers on minor league deal

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers added another injury-risk, upside play to their camp with the signing of right-handed pitcher Mike Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Adams, 36, will wear No. 0.

The right-hander was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 22 games with the Phillies in 2014, with 21 strikeouts and eight walks in 18⅔ innings, though he pitched only three games after June 6, spending three months on the disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Injuries are the rub with Adams, as they are for most of the latest additions to Dodgers camp. He had surgery to repair two torn labrums and a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in July 2013, which kept him out until two weeks into the 2014 season. He also had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in October 2008 that kept him out for the first two months of 2009.

In between he had surgeries in 2012 for a hernia and to relieve pressure caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the latter condition shared by new Dodger non-roster invitee Chad Gaudin as well as former Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett. Adams also missed all of 2007 with a left knee injury.

Adams has pitched a total of 50 games and 43⅔ innings combined in the last two seasons.

"We look at it as high upside. When this guy's been healthy he's been really, really good," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday. "It's a matter of being able to watch bullpens, being able to repeat, see how the ball's coming out. It's not like, can he pitch or not? It's just a matter of if he's healthy."

Adams, who has pitched for the Brewers, Padres, Rangers and Phillies throughout his 10-year major league career, has a career 2.41 ERA and 3.09 FIP, plus more strikeouts (409) than innings (407⅓).

As an Article XX(B) major league free agent (named after the section of the collective bargaining agreement), Adams gets a few automatic perks built into his minor league deal. First, the Dodgers have to decide by five days before opening day whether to add him to the active roster. If the Dodgers don't add Adams to the active roster they either have to release him or pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to remain on his minor league deal. Adams would then also get an opt-out date of June 1 built into his deal, meaning the Dodgers would either have to add Adams to the active roster by then or release him.

There are now 35 pitchers in Dodgers camp and 62 players overall, though with Chris Withrow, Brandon Beachy and Kenley Jansen sidelined with injuries the effective number of pitchers in camp is really 32. Mattingly said he will be able to get a good look at Adams during the spring.

"I think right now we have enough innings to get work," Mattingly said. "We'll get a chance to take a look at him in camp, see what he looks like, and go from there."