Chance Adams looked the part on the on-deck circle Thursday night. Timed up the pitcher, threw a doughnut on his bat to take some swings — without batting gloves — and interacted with some fans nearby.

This wasn’t a normal circumstance. RailRiders pitchers don’t hit — at least, they aren’t supposed to. But when Kyle Higashioka earned a mid-game promotion to New York on Thursday (the Yankees placed Gary Sanchez on the 10-day injured list Friday) and with backup catcher Ryan Lavarnway already in the lineup at designated hitter, the RailRiders essentially became a National League team. The pitchers had to hit.

Adams wanted the at-bat. The RailRiders, however, gave him — and later, reliever Adonis Rosa — strict no-swing instructions.

I said I was going to swing,” Adams said. “I said, I’m swinging. I mean, if you’re going to put me up there, I’m going to swing. And then as I was kind of walking out, he (manager Jay Bell) was like, ‘Don’t get me fired.’ I was like, all right. I respect you. You were the winning run in the 2001 World Series. I have to respect you.”

So, he just stood in the box. Took the first pitch for ball one, then watched the next three go by for strikes.

Rosa later struck out on five pitches.

When Adams got back to the dugout, Bell flashed him a smile.

“Had we been a little bit later in the season, where the guys had been swinging a little bit, probably would’ve let them swing,” Bell said. “But in that situation right there, being the first week of the season, cold out — and I’ve seen Chance swing. I saw him in high school. Those two guys will end up swinging the bat at some point this year, probably not in games, but in BP and that kind of stuff, preparing for, you know, if something happens, they go back to the big leagues. But right now is not the time for it.”

Adams really wanted to swing, though. Bell said he saw him hit at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Adams says he was pretty good with the bat. He was even recruited to junior college at Yavapai College as a two-way player.

I was all right. My junior year, I had one homer, but it was to break the (school) record — just saying,” Adams said. He also joked that, back then, high school bats were pretty juiced up.

“I was really good when I was younger, and then I kind of leveled out when I went to high school and I got to juco.”