First Pic

Ok so I just
figured out how to put pictures up on the blog. I figured that this
one would be fitting for the day. It comes from my first tour with
Team USA in the summer of 2006. I took this picture specifically for
my Grandma Weathers.  Also notice the mans awesome fanny pack.



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Cinco de Mayo Update

Happy Cinco de
Mayo! I always tell people that I am Mexican and most of the time
people do not believe me. This would definitely make my Grandma
Weathers unhappy. The family tree breaks down like this. My
Grandma, who is Mexican, married my Grandpa Don, who is not. Then my
Dad married my Mom who is Italian-Irish. So my sister and I are Ľ
Mexican. Anyway, I would just like to take this opportunity to say
hello to the Weathers side of the family and a big thanks for all the
support.

A few things to
mention:

  • I am
    staying on a strict throwing program. This week I am able to throw
    from about 60 feet. I threw yesterday and it still feels pretty
    good. I am pretty optimistic so far. Just keep getting my work in
    and hopefully stay on track and I should be ready to go in no time
    at all. At least it will seem like no time.

  • I got a
    new roommate. His name is Will Harris. I should hate him because
    he went to college at LSU. Turns out not every SEC opponent that I
    had is a terrible person. I met Will in Asheville and we were
    roommates in regular spring training this year. He was in Tulsa but
    was having a little bit of elbow pain. He is back on track now, so
    he came to extended so that he would be able face hitters and do the
    things he needed to do.  

Catch Play

Some
interesting news to report from extended spring training. I threw a
baseball for the first time since my injury today!!! The trainers
and I have been talking about throwing for about a week now. I had
been a little hesitant to throw because I still had a little
stiffness in my elbow. At the same time I was excited about the
possibility. The last two weeks have been great. I am finally to a
point where I can feel my arm getting better day to day. So today I
played catch at about 45 feet. About five out of the first eight
throws went straight into the ground. It was really difficult to
find my release point at first. Then the rust started to shake off
and my arm actually felt pretty good. My problem has been pain at my
arms full extension, so I was very conscious not to baby my throws.
I wanted to throw as normal as I could. When I threw I really tried
to get my arm to full extension, that way I could push through any
mental barriers that I may have had that were protecting my arm.
Everything felt pretty good. I was really happy with the way that my
first day went. Its exciting to take this step in the right
direction. Hopefully the next time I throw will be even better. 

The Roommate- Update

The player
formerly known as my roommate, Mike Marbry, is now officially no
longer my roommate. In extended this could be very happy news or
very sad news. Baseball is a business and sometimes there is just
not room for players in the organization. When this happens players
get released and are on their own to decide whether they want to
continue to try and play or move on with another profession.
Fortunately this is very happy news! Today Mike was told that he
would be reporting to Asheville to help out with the Tourist bullpen.
Seems funny that only two days after being exposed in an interview
on this very blog that he would be reporting to a full season team.
I would like to take all the credit in this occasion but I won’t.
Marbry has been throwing really well here in Tucson and on top of
that he had a very good year in Tri-Cities. Its time for the man to
go show what he can do. As long as he remember the life lessons that
I have instilled in him he should be carving in no time. 

The Roommate

Once Extended
Spring started, I decided to move into the hotel. It is closer to
the field and we get breakfast and dinner here. Now, I am going to
take this opportunity to introduce everyone to my roommate. He is a
pitcher by the name of Mike Marbry and we were teammates in Asheville
in 07. I thought that we could do this in a question and answer
forms. All of the questions will be asked by me, and I know most of
the answers.

What is your
full name?

“Michael
Lee Marbry”

What is your
hometown?

“Chapel
Hill, NC. Home of the 2009 NCAA Basketball Champions.”

Where did you
play your college ball?

“UNC
Wilmington”

Did you do any
pitching in college?

“No,
I actually hadn’t pitched since middle school. For my Junior and
Senior I was

the
everyday shortstop. My first two years I was mostly a defensive
replacement,

but
I started about 30 games in those 2 years”

So, take us
through your journey as a college shortstop to Rockies Extended
Spring Training Pitcher, and roommate of Casey Weathers.

“I
was a senior free agent sign with the Braves in 06′. I played one
rookie league

season,
then I was released. After that I finished school, and I worked at a
baseball academy giving hitting lessons. I was fooling around
pitching one day off of the mound and the owner told me that he
thought I had the potential to pitch. Through a friend the
Asheville manager Joe Mikulik got to see me throw a bullpen. I
showed a low 90’s fastball and the makings of a slider and that
coupled with my raw ability I could turn into an asset for the
Rockies organization.”

So you reported
straight to Asheville, where you met me. How was that experience?

“You
big leagued me for the first week I was there. You didn’t say one
word to me.”

What? No way! I
was the nicest guy on the team.

“Maybe
but you must have been pretty shy or pretty busy to not talk to me
for a week.”

Well that just
sounds ridiculous. What made you want to room with me during
Extended?

“Your
DVD collection.”

Thats an
obvious answer. Anything else?

“Well
we are both converted position players, and you eventually spoke to
me when

we
were in Asheville. So far you have been clean but we do have maids
that clean our room for us.

Last question,
What is the most important thing you have learned from me?

“You
have to throw hard to throw hard.”

A very good
piece of advice. Thank you very much for helping me with this blog.

“No
problem. I have to spend time with you since we share a hotel room.”

Extended Spring Training

Extended Spring Training is now in full swing.  When spring training ends most of the players report to a full season team.  There is also a number of guys who stay in Tucson to participate in Extended.  There are about 50 guys here now and most guys will end up being placed on the short season teams after the draft in June.  There are also players who are coming off of injuries such as myself.  Injuries are inevitable on full season teams so the players need to always be prepared to take a roster spot on a full season team.  I am having a good time in extended.  My arm is continuing to get better and it is usually a nice day.  The guys down here are pretty cool too.   The atmosphere in extended is a lot more relaxed so I am just trying to get my work in, enjoy my time and get tan.  

Nick Adenhart

I just want to write a post to send out thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and fans of Nick Adenhart as well as the other people who died last night.  I did not know him personally,but minor league baseball is a small community.  He was a part of USA baseball and I have played with some of his former teammates.  I have only heard positive things said about the man.  Baseball suffered a serious loss today,  he will be missed.

MRI Results

Quick post to let everyone know how the results of my MRI went.  As suspected by me, and medical doctors, everything is fine.  Tommy John surgery calls for drilling holes into my arm so that the new ligament can be weaved and tied into where the old one was.  These holes are still giving me some pain.  Now we play the waiting game.  There is really nothing more that the training staff can do.  My body is just adjusting to the surgery a little slowly.  One of the physicians that I talked to told me that a lot of times people can take up to six months for their bodies to compensate to replacement surgeries.  Thats me, slowly healing body guy, but what can you do? I guess i will just drink a lot of milk so those holes in my bones heal faster.      

Update

  First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.  Today always makes me think of my Grandpa McGhee.  So, I would like to say hello to the entire McGhee side of my family.  Spring Training has been going well so far.  I do not do much during the day.  I usually go in early, about 7:30 AM, to do my physical therapy.  The day starts at 9:00 AM for everyone.  I usually stretch with the team.  After that my day consists of watching my teammates play catch, and most of the other activities they do.  I do get to shag batting practice, and run though.  Yesterday, I had to leave workouts to get a MRI for my arm.  It was not a big deal, I am about a month behind schedule.  I am also constantly reminded that there is no such thing as “behind schedule.”  The MRI should let the trainers know what specifically is still holding me back.  This way we can have a better plan of attack moving forward.  I should get the results of the MRI tomorrow.   I am excited about the results.  I will be sure to pass that information along once i get it.    

The Last 4 Months

I am actually getting this blog going a little late.  I am currently about 4 months into the rehab process.  I had the surgery on October 31st.  After that, i had the choice to rehab wherever I wanted.  I thought it would be best to move to Denver so that I could do my physical therapy at Coors Field.  This way I would be in the Rockies hands throughout my whole rehab process.  I would go to physical therapy for 5 days a week.  For the past 4 months that process has not changed much.  I show up and get a heat pack on my arm for 15 minutes.  After that I have an ultra sound on my arm for 5 minutes.  Next is a soft tissue massage.  The last thing we do is stretch my arm as far as it goes.  Its been pretty repetitive, but I am seeing improvements.  I worked with some great people in Denver.  Other than Scott Marayama who is the medical coordinator for the Rockies, I did a lot of physical therapy at the Steadman Hawkins clinic.  I worked primarily with Jason McWilliams, but the whole staff is great.  So i basically wrote this post to say thanks to the people that have helped me in the physical therapy thus far.  

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