Sunday, April 3, 2011

BASEBALL IS BACK

Hey guys, how are we all doing? How good does it feel to have baseball back on TV and in stadiums across the country. Although Spring Training was being played in March, for me it was kind of a dead time of year for sports, with no football, the NBA playoffs still a month away, and the NHL never being shown on national television. My nights finally have sports again, which is always a great thing. Over the last few days I've watched pretty much every national televised MLB game, with a special focus on following the Nationals and Padres since a good amount of my friends are still playing over there.

Personally, a lot of stuff has happened over the last few days so let me get everyone caught up on what's going on down here in Viera, Florida. The first new thing to happen is finding out that I will be starting the season off in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with our Double-A affiliate. I had worked out with our Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs team all of Spring Training, but in the end they decided I would receive the most at-bats with Harrisburg so that is where I'll be. I know a lot of people that have found out recently on Twitter that I will be in AA instead of AAA are asking me all kinds of questions about why I would be going back to Double-A when my last time playing there was in 2007. I obviously want to play at the highest level possible, but in the end the most important thing for me is to be somewhere that I will have the opportunity to play everyday and get my at-bats. The last time I played in a real baseball game where stats were actually kept was August of 2009. That is almost two years ago, so simply being back on the field with a real team and getting an opportunity to play is most important for me right now.

Unfortunately, a few days ago while playing in our AAA spring training game against the Detroit Tigers I hit a double to left center field and on my way to second base I felt tightness in my left hamstring. I've never had any problems with my legs throughout my career so I was a little nervous when I first felt something wrong. Turns out a have a slight sprain and have used the last few days to receive treatment and let the staff work on me. I played in a game today and the leg still wasn't 100%, so we are going to make sure we take it slow over the next few days. The last thing you want is to totally pull a hamstring in April and be out for two months. As of right now I will probably not be playing in our opening day game on April 7th. The temperature in Harrisburg that night is suppose to drop down into the 30's during the game, which is not very conducive to testing out a tight hamstring. I am not sure exactly when I will be making my 2011 debut, but it shouldn't be very much longer than a few days.

Today was officially our last day of Spring Training, so all of our players have either boarded planes or jumped in their cars and headed towards their regular season homes. I will be down here in Florida for a few more days to stay in the warm weather and continue receiving treatment on the leg. I hope everyone has a great start to the week, and good luck to whichever Major League teams you may cheer for!

11 comments:

  1. WISHING YOU A GREAT, HAPPY AND HEALTHY SEASON! BEST OF LUCK

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  2. That's cool that they are getting you as many AB's as possible. I bet it will be good for your teammates as well since you have a lot of experience they can learn from. I hope the leg is feeling better.

    How cool was it that Stauffer got the opening day start? And "Chase The Magnificant's" oppo shot was straight gangsta

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  3. Well, Harrisburg is a nice town! Glad to hear you not sounding discouraged.. you really will get the opportunity to do work and get back in the swing of things. Maybe I'll get up there to see a game one day.. if you're even there for long enough. ;)

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  4. Comette4u/ChristineApril 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Hey Matt! I wondered about Harrisburg, since i saw it come up in the transaction reports. Darn it's going to be a bit more challenging to catch an internet radio broadcast of the game that way. Box scores and highlights only give me the bones of the game, so you'll have to keep us well-posted on details [like you always do!]
    Take care of your hams' and suck up that pleasant weather for a few more days. Winter was far too long...you could use a balance-out!
    Take it easy! ~Christine, Las Vegas.

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  5. Hey thanks!

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  6. Haha yeah it was nice to seem him get the start that is pretty cool

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  7. Yeah I've heard good things about the area I'm excited

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  8. Yeah it is nice enjoying the warm weather down here lol

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  9. Last year Paul McAnulty (age 29) started off in Double A, then got promoted to Triple and was on the Angels all in the same year. So it ain't no thang. (to the people asking about it).

    Seriously though, what is going on with your body hating opening day? Knee, right before regular season, wrist right before regular season and now hamstring right before regular season. Forget conventional medicine, go with witch doctor, voodoo doctor or something. Get rid of the Tiki necklace you got in Hawaii with your family on vacation, it is cursed!

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  10. Haha I know I feel like I am cursed as well I don't get it lol

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  11. I dunno Tori, Matt's not cursed, I am. The guys I've been watching lately get the call-up and I don't get to see them anymore. Or they turn into trade-bait.

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