Maybe some recalled Adams, who was called up to the big club for his major league debut on his 26th birthday Wednesday, as the fly in the ointment when the Yankees were unable to pull off a trade for pitching ace Cliff Lee in 2010.
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A top prospect in the Yankees system then, Adams was part of a package deal proposed to the Seattle Mariners that would have brought Lee to the Bronx. But Adams, at the time, was enduring one in a long string of injuries -- a broken ankle then, back problems since -- and the transaction died.
Adams spent this spring training with the Yankees but was sent to the minors because "we needed roster spots," manager Joe Girardi said. Now, with the Yankee infielders continuing to trudge off to the disabled list, Adams -- who can play first, second or third base -- found himself starting at third Wednesday night.
"I'm lost," Adams said of his new Yankee Stadium surroundings. "This is a maze. It'll take a couple of days to get accustomed to it, if I'm fortunate enough to have that opportunity. I mean, I dreamed of this since I was a kid."
Adams made three nifty backhand plays in the field and, after twice grounding out, singled for his first big-league hit in the sixth inning.
To make room for Adams, infielder Chris Nelson, after 10 games with the Yankees, was designated for assignment.
DH Travis Hafner (right shoulder tendinitis) was unavailable. RP Joba Chamberlain (abdominal strain) is getting close to reactivation. There was no progress report on 3B Kevin Youkilis (back sprain) or SS Eduardo Nunez (abdominal strain).