Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'M BACK...ALMOST

Yesterday was my first day back to practice in more than a week. As much as I love to practice, and sitting around all day with a splint on your wrist could win the "most boring thing on earth" award, my hand definitely needed the rest. I arrived at practice a few hours early so our trainers could take a look at my hand and put me through some strength tests to prove I was pain free and ready to return to practice. The tests aren't really that complex. It is actually pretty similar to an arm wrestling competition. They take my hand and put it into all different positions while yanking as hard as they can to see if anything bothers me. I passed all of their tests and was allowed to suit up and participate in most of our drills. I was allowed to field and throw, but I'm not allowed to hit until tomorrow. We wanted to make sure my hand didn't hurt from any of the other activities before I receive the green light for hitting. After practice my hand felt great and I'm looking forward to the real test tomorrow of hitting. I feel pretty confident that I shouldn't have any problems with it.

I received some questions over the past week about what type of stuff I was allowed to do while I was in my splint for the seven days. The answer to that question is, nothing. Well, almost nothing. I was allowed to work on my cardio, but that mostly only consisted of riding a stationary bike. They really wanted to make sure that I put absolutely zero stress on my hand for seven days. I stretched a lot, did core workouts, and got lower body lifts in (squats, lunges, leg curls). Other than that I wasn't really allowed to do anything. Below are a few pictures of my normal routine for the past week once I got home from practice, just to make sure I didn't injury myself anymore than I already had.




15 comments:

  1. nice activities. good to see me and professional athletes have the same workout regimen. :D

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  2. Haha thanks man

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  3. Good news man, now you will ready to take the Beavers lineup, it is really the Beavers park a dificult place to play?

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  4. So you pretty much do the same thing there that you do at home. LOL

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  5. Hahaha not much changes

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  6. Its a really nice place to play...its tough in april and may cause its kinda cold but once it warms up its nice...the turf slows the ball down a little but the short wall in left makes up for it lol

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  7. Oh no, the hand injury has given you demonic eyes! Downside everybody is scared of you, plus side you can now see into the soul of opposing pitchers.

    Take it easy with the swings, don't go for the fences, just get healed and get better.

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  8. At least you didnt have to wash your jeans...LOL.

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  9. Lol very true that is one benefit

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  10. couldn't even play video games?? oh the horror!!!!

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  11. Don't remind me lol

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  12. Matt,
    You might take a look at these... www.xprotex.com
    Santos, Sizemore and a few others are wearing them now... I think maybe Pena too after getting hit.
    Catch you in Portland soon!

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  13. You plan on being in Portland for the home stand next week?
    I'll toss you a pair to check out if you like.

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  14. Well good luck with that rehab man, I know it can be a nagging pain in the arss.
    If you want, I'd be glad to send you out a pair where ever you are.
    I don't work for them but agreed to help them spread the word. Heard about your
    injury and figured I'd see if you'd like to check em out. Just let me know.
    You should have my email.

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  15. Matt,
    Just found out that Oscar Salazar uses those gloves...

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