You had Tommy John surgery March 4th (2014). How are you doing as far as rehabbing from the surgery?
"I am still in the process of building my strength."
Are you able to throw right now?
"Yeah, I am throwing. I basically started out (long-tossing) at 45 feet. Then, I went to 60, 90, then 120. I am throwing around 180 feet right now. I eventually want to throw 300+ feet."
How does your arm feel right now?
"It feels good. I don't feel like I can hurt it. Last year, I kind of had that in the back of my mind. I have had some players tell me that I don't look like I'm trying to guard my elbow."
After you had your surgery what went through your mind? You have probably read about Tommy John surgery and how almost everybody comes back as strong or stronger as before but there is a percentage of about 15% that don't come back from it.
"I don't think about that. I focus on the positive things and do all the right things that I can for my arm."
Is the rehab easier now or is it difficult throughout the process?
"After you get your range of motion it is more of a mental grind than it being physical. You have to be patient. You have to listen to the trainer and listen to your arm."
What is a typical week like for you as far as rehabbing your arm?
"Monday, Wednesday and Friday I throw. I also lift (weights) after I throw Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday are off days but I do conditioning those days."
When you say throw is that just long tossing or do you throw some flat ground tossing as well?
"I haven't thrown any flat ground yet. I want to build my arm strength up before I start throwing to a catcher."
Have the doctors and trainer talked to you about the possibility of you throwing this season?
"A year will be right before the SEC (games). That is really the goal. But we have to take it a step at a time. I'll have to throw an inning before I throw five innings, seven innings."
How do you deal with that?
"I don't think about it. I try to take it one day at a time. I just try to focus on the detail stuff."