Adams was sent down to the minor leagues Thursday.
This move comes as no surprise, as Adams came into camp knowing his chances of making the Opening Day roster were slim. He gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks across 4.2 innings this spring, and figures to start the year at Triple-A Scranton.
The Yankees' pitching staff is deep in both the rotation and the bullpen, so Adams is unlikely to win a major-league job out of camp. He is one of the Yankees' top pitching prospects and put up a 2.89 ERA in 115.1 innings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, so he could be one of the first few arms called up if injuries strike the major-league rotation.
Adams is 9-4 with a 2.56 ERA with 90:36 K:BB through 98.1 innings in 18 starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Adams absolutely dominated the Double-A level earlier this season, going 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in six starts, and he's been just as impressive since getting promoted. The Yankees were reportedly considering calling him up to the big league squad earlier in the season, and even though that never materialized, Adams could get a shot at his major league debut once rosters expand in September.
General manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out Adams to replace Michael Pineda (elbow) in the rotation, though he won't in the immediate future, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.
The right-hander will have to wait for now. Luis Cessa will take a turn against the Twins in the coming week and may hold onto the rotation spot Bryan Mitchell will take as part of a Sunday doubleheader. Adams, meanwhile, will bide his time for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he's churned out a 2.50 ERA with 64 strikeouts and only 22 walks in 57.2 innings. The 22-year-old may not have much more to prove there.
Adams, 22, has a 2.39 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 58:19 K:BB in 52.2 innings (10 starts) for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees' rotation is at full strength, after Luis Cessa briefly filled in for the injured CC Sabathia. However, the next time a spot opens up, look for Adams to be given a shot, as he is facing little resistance at Triple-A.
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