Feigl's Return

Three Ole Miss baseball pitchers who had Tommy John surgery in the past year return for the 2015-16 school year. They are Brady Feigl, who will be a redshirt freshman, Preston Tarkington, with two years of eligibility remaining, and Sean Johnson, who pitched in one game this past season and has two years left at Ole Miss. Today: Brady Feigl

During his senior season of high school, 6-foot-5, 210-pound Brady Feigl began to know things weren’t quite right with his arm.

“I started having problems back in April (2014) during high school ball,” said the right-handed pitcher from Central High School in Chesterfield, Mo. “I took three months off and tried to get better without surgery. I got here for second summer session, and Coach (Mike Bianco) said the team doctors here don’t believe it looks as good as the doctors did (back home). So they sent me down to see Dr. (James) Andrews to get (the surgery) done.”

He’s less than a month away from it being a year when he had his surgery in 2014. That was on July 31.

“Coming out of the surgery we started doing real light stuff the next day,” Feigl said. “I went home for three weeks and got with the physical therapist there to begin the process. I came back here, and (Ole Miss trainer) Josh Porter took over.”

It’s mostly been smooth sailing ever since for Feigl.

“I’m back to one hundred percent and back to full strength,” he said.

But he admits not being able to contribute to last season’s Ole Miss team was difficult to take at times.

“That’s the first time I haven’t been able to play for a whole year,” he said. “It was hard watching those guys go out there and having the time that they did. But the coaches did a really good job keeping me involved. I was there for every practice. I was there for pretty much every home game. I really didn’t feel left out, and that made it ten times easier.”

Although he hasn’t pitched in college yet, Feigl believes his time at Ole Miss so far puts him ahead in some regards.

“I know how a lot of things work here,” he said. “I think that gives me a little bit of an edge instead of coming in as a normal freshman.”

The Rebels are bringing in a class loaded with new pitchers. Feigl believes the staff can be one of the team’s strengths in 2016.

“The majority of the freshmen class coming in are pitchers. That’s a good thing,” he said. “We lost a lot of pitchers. There will be an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up.”

Feigl said his velocity is back and most of his arsenal is as well. But he’s still working to make sure he’s as good as ever come fall ball.

“I’d say the control hasn’t come back yet,” he said. “I finally got back to full strength and the velocity is there now. I throw a fast ball (four-seam, two-seam). And a curve ball and changeup. If I throw the curve ball right it will be 12-6. But that’s been the hardest part getting back from rehab; I can’t find that curve ball yet.”

But there’s still time, and this July holds much more promise for Brady Feigl than last July did.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m ready to go.”

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