On Thursday I flew out to San Diego to meet with my hand doctor. After speaking with him for a few minutes he decided that things were looking better and he wanted me to continue resting for four more weeks to hopefully get everything healed 100%. The plan right now is to return back to the Arizona in four weeks to begin rehabbing "again" and get ready to play in some games during Instructional League. I know a lot of people aren't really sure what Instructional League is, but it's just a six week league that is reserved for mostly younger players in their first or second year as a professional, a player making a positional change, or a player that missed a lot of time because of an injury. Usually practice runs early in the morning for a few hours followed by a game in the afternoon. I think there are probably about twenty to thirty games during the six weeks.
I'm starting to become a veteran of Instructional League, which I don't think is something you want to happen during your career. I played in 2006 after my first half-season of professional baseball. Then I sort of played again last year after only playing in about fifty games during the year. I wasn't technically in Instructional League, but I was in Arizona and practicing with coaches during those six weeks. Now I return for another fun filled season. I am just hoping that when I do get out there I am fully recovered and never have to worry about this stupid hand again.
Backing up a little bit, after I met with the doctor he told me that I wouldn't be allowed to do anything in the next four weeks. No throwing, no hitting, no catching, no lifting, no picking my nose, nothing. Actually I can still pick my nose with my right hand, but that's beside the point. I have a splint that I am suppose to wear 24/7, but I won't lie, that thing is a pain in the ass. I've been trying to wear it as much as possible but it does get pretty damn sweaty after a while.
Since I'm not allowed to do anything they decided to let me head home to do my resting. That's when I decided I would drive back home on Friday. I woke up at 5 AM and headed out. I broke the trip down into three days. I went 15 or so hours to Oklahoma City the first day, 17 hours to Akron Ohio the second day, and about 10 hours to home on the third day. If there is one thing I can do pretty well, it is drive, and keep driving, and keep driving. I ended up doing the trip by myself which made it a little boring, but I bought one of those books on CD so it could have been lonelier I suppose.
I broke a few world records along the way, at least personal records. I ate McDonalds six times during the trip. I hadn't ate that stuff in almost a year, but I quickly made up for its absence early in the trip. I wasn't in the mood to stop very much, so Burger King and McDonalds became quick friends of mine. Big Mac, 10 piece nugget, large fry, another Big Mac, some more fries, an Oreo Mcflurry, another Big Mac. Man I'm getting sick just thinking about it. I don't want to see the golden arches ever again. I probably gained five pounds during my trip and my stomach still feels like there's a little man living in there and he's kicking my ass. It did speed up my trip though, so the pain was worth it.
I am not really sure what I am going to do over the next four weeks at home. I forgot to ask if XBOX was allowed or not...oops my bad. I think I may be playing a lot of Madden 2011. It is weird being home but not being allowed to lift weights or practice baseball. Those things usually take up most of my day from about 10 AM to 3 or 4PM. Hopefully over the next few days I find a few activities that will take up some of that time or I am predicting four weeks of boringness. Anyways, I think I'll get more in depth about the trip over the next few days and maybe even expand on what really grinded my gears during the trip. I hope everyone has a good Monday and I'll talk to you later.