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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Astros’ Justin Verlander resumes throwing after groin surgery

And now, for a glimpse at normalcy:

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has resumed throwing as he recovers from March groin surgery.

Houston manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday that Verlander, who had surgery on March 17, is “doing great” and is throwing as he continues his rehabilitation.

Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 because of discomfort in his right groin. He made two starts, pitching 4 innings with a 3.86 ERA.

Verlander left his second start on March 8 with a mild strain of a back muscle and said at the time he unlikely would be able to start the scheduled March 26 opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2020 at 02:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: groin, justin verlander, throwing

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Shohei Ohtani Close To Throwing Off Mound

Angels right-hander/slugger Shohei Ohtani has progressed to long tossing from a distance of 180 feet and is following those sessions up with higher-intensity throws from 60 feet, pitching coach Mickey Callaway told reporters on Tuesday (Twitter links via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register and Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com). The next step for the righty would be to throw off a mound, and while Callaway didn’t put a specific timetable on when that might happen, he noted that it should be “soon.”

Ohtani, 25, hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 2, 2018, due to Tommy John surgery that wiped out his entire 2019 campaign — at least on the mound. He, of course, was able to return as the team’s primary designated hitter for much of the season and turned in a generally excellent year, hitting .286/.343/.505 with 18 home runs and a dozen steals in 425 plate appearances.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, shohei ohtani, throwing, two-way players

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Chris Sale begins throwing program: Boston Red Sox ace could need surgery if he feels discomfort dur

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has “commenced a throwing program” after being shut down earlier this month due to a flexor strain in his elbow, according to a report from Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

It’s unclear how far Sale has progressed through his program yet. Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and general manager Brian O’Halloran did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

After tossing a 15-pitch live batting practice session on March 1, Sale reported elbow pain and underwent an MRI. Testing revealed a flexor strain and his elbow, leading to top doctors—including Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal El Attrache—recommended a 10-14 day shutdown period before the lefty resumed throwing.

Because Sunday marked two weeks since Sale had last thrown, the left was expected to begin throwing late last week. According to Speier, he stayed on schedule and is likely playing catch in hopes of ramping up to throwing off a mound in the coming days.

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2020 at 12:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, throwing

 

 

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