Buzz: Mike Adams hoping to start throwing

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams was in the clubhouse today, hoping that he could play catch and at least get his arm going again. Adams said he might be ready to throw off a mound on Friday, but that hasn't been determined. Either way, he remains doubtful for the first round of the playoffs (and he certainly wouldn't be on a wild card roster if the club plays Friday).

Adams, who is dealing with a cervical (neck) strain and symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, said he didn't know if he could be ready for the ALDS.

"I don't know exactly where I am physically," Adams said. "My neck feels a lot better. What's going on with the TOS is that every day is a different day. Hopefully, I can calm it down enough where I can go out there and throw."

Adams said the worst part of the injury is watching his teammates and not being able to contribute.

"That's the worst feeling in the world," Adams said.

Other notes:

* It was a pretty relaxed clubhouse on Wednesday morning. Players got some breakfast, chatted with each other and were laughing at some funny online videos. Ryan Dempster, today's starter, requested some music. It was not a group that appeared uptight.

* The A's are expecting a sellout crowd today and many of them are already here getting settled into their seats.