It’s good to see you again…

It’s been a good couple of weeks if you live in/around Clearwater, like Baseball Ross and I.  With all of the players that have been injured (not that we wanted that to happen) we’ve had the opportunity to see many of them rehabbing here in Clearwater.

In just the last few weeks, we’ve seen Freddy Galvis, Drew Naylor, Derrick Mitchell, Tyson Gillies among others.

It’s even better when we can see the guys return to action. As I wrote on Tuesday, Derrick Mitchell is “back in the saddle”. He’s had at least one homer, a triple and several well hit balls that without the wind, most likely would have left Ashburn Field.

I’ve also gotten to see another guy I’ve been watching for a few years return to play, Tyson Gillies.

Tyson Gillies Returns to Clearwater

During my “hiatus” a few weeks ago, I was at the Carpenter Complex watching a Gulf Coast Phillies game. I was walking over to the bleachers to sit down and who was sitting on a stool also watching the game? Drew Naylor. I said, “Hello” and asked how he was. He was very nice and we had a nice conversation about how his rehab was coming along.

Fast forward to last night, Drew returned to the bump.

Drew Naylor Returns to the Mound

It was good to see my favorite Aussie back in action.

Hopefully, they’ll all return back to their respective teams in the near future. Until they do, I’ll be happily going to every home game to watch them play and cheer them on.

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Drew Naylor pitches in extended spring training

We are a few weeks into the extended spring training and we still haven’t manage to get our hands on a schedule. It’s hit or miss as to whether we will come by the Carpenter Complex and get to catch a game.

Today, we were lucky, VERY lucky.

We got to see Aussie Drew Naylor pitch today in a rehab appearance. Drew is a good guy and sadly, after looking good at the beginning of spring training last year, he injured his elbow and had to have the dreaded “Tommy John” surgery. We saw him at the Complex right after the surgery and felt bad for the guy. It had to have been miserable. It’s nothing you ever want to undergo and it is always a long road back.

Drew Naylor

From what Ross and I could guess, it seemed that Drew was not only working on a pitch count of approximately 20-25 pitches, it also seemed that he was loosening up his arm by pitching fast balls.

Drew Naylor Pitching

Frankly, we were surprised to see him so we may have missed a few pitches at first….but boy was it good to see him back on the bump.

I hope he continues to progress and returns to regular play soon.