The eighth inning for the Phillies last season was supposed to feature just one pitcher in Mike Adams.

Unfortunately, injuries got in the way of that and forced Adams to miss the majority of his debut season with the Phillies.

"I need to prove that I am healthy," Adams told Mike Gill on the Sports Bash.  "I need to prove I can get people out and stay healthy."

Adams signed as a free agent with the Phillies in 2012 agreeing to a 3-year contract. worth just over $18 million.

Adams discussed his health and what he expects from himself for this years campaign.

"I'm not sure what they see me as, but I don't expected to be handed the 8th inning job," Adams said.

Adams only appeared in 28 games for the Phillies last season before missing the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery.

"I've had no set-backs, very surprised how my shoulder has responded, Im planning on being ready for opening day," said Adams.

The Phillies are in desperate need of a stable eighth inning pitcher to handle closing duties over to Johnathan Papelbon.

Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman and others have not been able to be relied upon in holding a lead.

Adams will be headed down to Clearwater next week to begin a long toss program.

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