July 2010

Counting Down the Days

As I begin to sit down to type this entry, I look at the calendar and I cant help but notice how long I’ve come in this rehab process and how close i am to returning to game action! My rehab has gone as well as planned and i feel great about all the rehab and throwing. Im still on a similar schedule as i was when i began throwing bullpens but a little more intense and increase workload. Mondays and Fridays are my bullpen days with a day of long toss between them, but as we approach simulated games and real game i believe i will start to play catch everyday or most days of the week. 

A tentative date for return to game action looks like August 16th for a rehab inning of work. Everyone keeps asking me if i”m nervous? excited? how Im feeling physically? mentally? If there is one main thing that i have learned from my time away from the game, its controlling my emotions and not taking anything for granted. I’m very excited to return and put all the hard work I’ve done myself along with our training staff and strength coaches. Physically I feel really good my shoulder is strong and my elbow has recovered extremely well. I feel like my bullpens and throwing has gone extremely well, with all the throwing and focusing on mechanics i feel more in-tune and under control throwing my bullpens. I’ve also been working on a 2 seam fastball and it seems to be better than before surgery.
Other than throwing, conditioning and working out its been a great change of scenery to join the team here in Mobile. All these guys are great and its a good atmosphere with a ton of talent in the clubhouse.