Quote gardengal: My hunch is MM got a new script on Wed after being told Tue he was let go. Its kind of salt to the wound to tell you will be replace. Not that Phelps would ever do that kind of parting cheap shot. Even so I think you will find Adam gets killed in MM's last episode. No need to replace, and angry fans have in effect been dismissed from the show. Not that Phelps in her various tenures has ever done that before.
Now having said all that, if I am wrong, the next Adam will be shorter than SB and not have a fanbase to outshine SB's. Nor will the actor ever bother to over act the limited emotional range of SB. Now does TSJ fit that bill? The other factor is will CBS be willing to fork over the cash that a veteran soap actor will bring, or will they have no choice.
My hunch is the same as yours. I think he was handed a new script at the same time he was handed his pink slip.
Also, agree about the conditions that go along with a possible recast, in the event he's not disposed of permanently.
Goes without saying, I agree with your assessment of Phelps too.