March 2009

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.

Welcome

Welcome to my blog “Life in Grey Pants.” My name is Casey Weathers. I am a pitcher in The Rockies organization. I was drafted in 2007. In 2008, I; pitched in AA, pitched in the Texas League All-Star game, pitched in the Futures Game, pitched in the Olympics, pitched to one hitter in the fall league, fully tore my UCL, and had Tommy John surgery. The last fact is the reason for this blog. I was approached to write about what baseball is like for me in this 12-18 month recovery. This is where my roommate, Craig Baker, and I came up with the idea of Grey Pants. Rockies spring training has a very basic dress code for their players. You will be provided with, a Rockies hat, Rockies Jersey, black socks and white pants. Not my pants though, from march 7th until the middle of June you can spot me just a bit easier than the others. I will be the one in grey pants, every day. Greys signify one of two things. You are a coach or you are hurt. Like the scarlet letter of a professional baseball player. No one wants to be that guy. I am him unfortunately, but what can you do? So there is the title of the blog. It seems like a lengthy explanation, since my Dad is probably going to be the only one who reads this and I could have just called him directly with this information. Nevertheless I will try to keep the posts coming often and keep them short for those of you with attention spans like mine, the terrible kind.