Mike Adams pleased with surgery

Reliever Mike Adams, now a free agent after spending the past 1 1/2 years with the Texas Rangers, said he already feels better following surgery to relieve Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Adams' season ended about 10 days sooner than expected after he experienced a stiff neck and then symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Adams elected to get the surgery done so that he was completely healthy for spring training.

"I wish I would have had it a long time ago," Adams said Thursday morning. "A week after the surgery, after all the aches and pains, it was over."

Adams isn't sure where he'll end up, but is curious to see what the market looks like as things come more into focus over the next few weeks and months.

Adams went on "Inside Pitch" on Siruis XM's MLB Network Radio earlier this week and talked about Josh Hamilton, saying he wasn't sure which Hamilton might show up at the park that day. Adams was talking about consistency.

"He might go 3-for-5 with a homer and a double one day and 0-for-5 with three strikeouts the next, but that's the way it is for most players," Adams said. "We all try to get more consistent."

Adams also made it clear that he'd like to have Hamilton on his team and added that when he said during the radio interview that he wasn't sure "if it's in the best interest of the Texas Rangers" to re-sign him, he meant he wasn't sure of the front office's intentions and whether they'd find a deal that was suitable for them to bring Hamilton back.

"I'd want Josh on my team," Adams said. "We've seen what he can do."

Adams will now wait and see what comes up in the free agent market. But in the mean time, he's slated to begin his throwing program the first week of December, as usual. Adams says he starts a bit earlier than most pitchers because he like to slowly ramp things up. It's a routine he's followed for years.