7/21/07 Vs Louisville
Not sure the day could have gone any better. Sox won big, Kason dealt again and we accomplished everything we wanted to and more in Pawtucket.
It’s been what seems like months since I’ve been able to compete and even longer since my arm felt like, well, my arm. These past 14 days have seen what I consider to be incredible changes in the feel of everything. I was skeptical that there could be even minor improvement, other than what a few weeks rest might offer, when the plan was first laid out for me but I’m buying into it all now.
After playing catch the other day I talked with Jon at length about how incredible my arm felt, but more importantly how differently the ball felt coming out of my hand. There just seemed to be much more life in the arm and on the ball with every throw.
Today I felt good, certainly better than at any point this year, with regards to my shoulder and overall life in my arm. The bullpen was erractic to say the least, from a command standpoint, but that didn’t concern me.
The game plan was to start all LHH with curveballs, throw change ups behind and use both fastballs to both sides, mixing in the split with 2 strikes. That we were able to do all that in 40 pitches was nice. I tried to reach back twice today and both times we got to 94 on their gun for whatever that’s worth.
The more important thing was that when I tried to reach back and put something on the ball, there was something to reach back for. My command was better than I expected it to be as I think we threw 9 of 10 curveballs for strikes. Of the 6 k’s we got 3 on the split. The major thing today was being able to get hitters to swing and miss. That’s not something I’ve been able to do at any level for what seems like the last 10-12 months. I attribute that to two things, a lack of velocity and movement on all 4 pitches. Both of those were there today and to have that the first time out was a relief.
The plan now will be to pitch in Toledo on Thursday and go from there.
To all those that have sent well wishes let me say thank you, and to the fans in Pawtucket the same. They were fantastic and appreciative and I am as well. It was a fun experience. Being on the DL is as bad a spot as you can ever hope to be in during the season but rehab starts are always a blast for me, being able to be around kids and in environments that are charged up like it was today is a great time.