Monday, April 11, 2011

EXTENDED SPRING

Hey guys! I've received a lot of emails and Twitter questions asking where I am and why I haven't made my debut yet this season. The last time we talked I let everyone know that I strained my hamstring a little bit and the club wanted to make sure I didn't rush back to playing before I was fully healed. Although I've never really strained a hammy before, from what I hear they are something that you absolutely do not want to pull. If you do, you can throw a good month or two of the season down the drain and also won't really be able to run full speed for a good portion of the year. Because that is the last thing I want, we want to make sure I have no tightness at all in my leg before I head up to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the start of the season.

Over the past few days I've been in Viera, Florida practicing with the Extended Spring Training team. For those of you that aren't really sure what Extended Spring is, it is where all players not assigned to Single A, Double A, Triple A, or the Major Leagues will practice and play until Short-season A ball starts in June. It is also a place for injured players to get healthy for their return to the season. We have been practicing down here for a little over a week and today played in a six inning scrimmage game. Because my hamstring has been feeling really good lately I played three innings in the field and also hit every single inning. I finished the day going 0-1 with four walks and a HBP. It was probably the first time I have ever walked four times in a game before, but right now I'm just looking for at-bats and trying to get a feel for seeing the baseball again since I haven't played in a game in around two weeks.

As of right now I am hoping I will play in a few more Extended games before shipping out for Harrisburg. It will come down to how well I am feeling and also what the front office has for a game plan. Well, I have to wake up at 6:30 AM tomorrow, so I'm off to bed. Enjoy your Tuesday!

4 comments:

  1. Awesome about the leg feeling better! Sorry to hear about the HBP, hopefully pitcher was a knuckleballer...

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  2. Thanks...haha it was a side arm curveball so not too bad lol

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  3. I've always been impressed at how baseball players can take a pitch to the ribs, elbow, back, etc, and not fold like origami. If I got hit, even by a Zito curve, they would have to call the ga,e due to rain on account of my tears.

    I'm glad To hear the ham is feeling better! And hap belated birthday

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  4. Haha I guess u just get used to it after a while

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