Tuesday, June 23, 2009

STAY OUT OF THE TRAINING ROOM

I've been asked about 1,000 times in the last few weeks where I was for the first month and a half of the season. It's funny to see how many people notice you're missing, but have no idea where you've gone. I missed about half of Spring Training and about thirty-five games of the regular season after hurting my leg at the end of February. I actually have no idea how I hurt it, other than perhaps on a routine dive I attempted during one day of practice. I left the field that day with what felt like some tightness in my lower leg, nothing serious at all. It wasn't until the next morning when I woke up and tried to get out of bed that I realized I had a serious problem. There was a sharp pain in my leg whenever I would bend my knee or even walk around my apartment. I was tested in every way possible from X-rays and MRIs, to bone scans and cortisone shots. Nothing seemed to be showing any kind of noticable injury or working to eliminate the pain. I flew out to San Diego to receive a scope on my knee in an attempt to go inside and find the source of the problem. Luckily, before they cut me open the doctor decided to try a second cortisone shot in a different joint of my leg. Almost as soon as the needle struck my leg I could feel the difference. I squatted down on the floor and for the first time in more than two months I was pain free. I was able to fly back to Arizona that day and begin my rehab at our Spring Training Facility. I spent the next few weeks playing with our Extended Spring Training team, a collection of very young first or second year players, along with other injured Major and Minor League guys. I met back up with the Portland Beavers on May 12, in Oklahoma City for the start of my season. I've been able to play in almost every game since returning to the lineup without any further problems. I wouldn't say I'm 100%, but this is the closest I think I will get this season. After spending almost three months in the training room my leg might have to fall off before I ever decide to go back on the DL.

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