Adams was placed on the disabled list by the Cardinals on May 27, 2015, with a torn quadriceps muscle, and he was initially expected to miss the rest of the season. On September 9, he was reactivated by the Cardinals. Adams and the Cardinals agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal as an arbitration-eligible player before to the 2016 season. He finished the 2016 season with 31 homers and 99 RBIs.
In 2017, Adams had his best year as a Cardinal, batting.284 with 39 HR and 102 RBI. He made the All-Star Game for the first time in his career and won the Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals chose not to exercise their 2019 option on Adams, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.
He signed with the San Diego Padres after going unselected in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft.
On November 20, 2018, Adams was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Brandon Drury and Jordan Schafer. He played only 51 games for the Braves due to a torn meniscus in his knee that required surgery and ended his 2018 season.
In 2019, Adams returned from injury to hit.295 with 26 HR and 83 RBI in 103 games. He again made the All-Star Game and won the Home Run Derby for the second straight year.
Adams has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and is considered day-to-day, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. After leaving Thursday's game, the 31-year-old was considered to have a triceps injury, but now looks to be a shoulder problem. He hit.290 with 22 homers and 83 RBI last season for St. Louis.
The Cardinals acquired Adams from the Braves prior to the 2016 season after he spent seven seasons with Atlanta. In that time, he averaged 42 homers and 110 RBI while playing in at least 140 games each year. He's still young enough to improve his skills through training and experience so don't write him off yet!
In other news, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said earlier this week that Yadier Molina will not play again this season because of knee surgery. The 36-year-old catcher had an operation on his right knee in April 2017 and returned last June. He's one of the best hitters in baseball and plays an important role on both offense and defense for St. Louis.
Molina is considered the best hitter in baseball during his tenure with the Cardinals. He has two World Series rings from 2014 and 2015 with the now-defunct Boston Red Sox. Before joining the Cardinals, Molina played three years in Japan where he finished with a.275 average, 1 HR and 49 RBI.
Adams missed 12 games due to a shoulder injury during the 2016 season before returning to the lineup for the last week of the regular season. The Bombers and Adams agreed to a three-year contract extension on January 16, 2017, barring him from becoming a free agency a month later. He played in all four of Winnipeg's playoff games, finishing with five tackles and one sack.
Prior to joining the Bombers, Adams spent four seasons with the B.C. Lions, where he made an immediate impact by registering six sacks in his first season back from football-related injuries. He was named a CFL West All-Star in 2016.
The Lions selected Adams in the second round (17th overall) of the 2011 BC Football Draft. He started 31 of 32 games played at Oregon State, recording 51 tackles and 11 sacks. After sitting out the 2012 season due to NCAA regulations, he returned for his final year of college eligibility in 2013 and led the team in sacks with 9.5 while being named third-team All-American by Pro Football Focus.
Adams signed with the Lions as a free agent on May 17, 2010. He played only one game in 2009 due to a torn ACL suffered in pre-season practice.
The 6'3", 245-pounder began his collegiate career at Oregon State after spending two years at Detroit Country Day School (Mich.).