BRADENTON, Fla. — The Phillies invested $12 million in Mike Adams and the spring has only reinforced the reasoning behind their decision. Adams made quick work Monday of three Pirates, including a strikeout looking on a nasty slider.

Adams, appearing in his second Grapefruit League game, has shown zero issues stemming from offseason surgery to remove a rib and correct thoracic outlet syndrome.

"Everything has come along the way I expected and hoped," Adams said. "It feels like my arm strength is getting better every outing."

Many Phillies officials have gushed about Adams' work this spring. Charlie Manuel summed it up.

"Adams really looks sharp," Manuel said. "He's close to being ready."

Because of the long spring, Adams will replace some game appearances with bullpen sessions. There is no sense, he said, in racking up the innings.

EXTRA BASES. The lone hit Monday by Pittsburgh was a first-inning double by Travis Snider. Ryan Howard might have had a play with a quicker reaction. ... John Lannan was effective in three innings, even when he was forced to linger in the dugout while the Phillies scored. "It's good to practice that now and keep the legs going," Lannan said. "It was good to have that long rest. It was difficult but something you have to adjust to." ... The Phillies scored three runs on bases-loaded walks.

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