Taylor's Tales: On Rehabs And Rain Delays

May has been a month filled with two things unusual for Oakland A's prospect Michael Taylor: rehab and rain delays. As Taylor works his way back from his calf injury and Northern California begins to dry out from a rare late-May rain pattern, Taylor discusses the difficulty of rehabbing during the season and being ready to play when the rain drops are falling.

I thought for this installment I would chat about a few things that have been very relevant to me: the process of coming back from an injury and what that entails, and next, the ever-dreaded minor league rain delay.

For the past two weeks, I have been going through the recovery process on an injury I have never dealt with before. I strained my calf and it's a difficult process to come back from because there really is no way to completely rest it unless you just do not move. Any time you are on your feet your calves are at least somewhat engaged so it makes recovery tricky.

On top of that, there is a high incidence of recurring calf problems so it's important to make sure you take all the precautions necessary so that the area can be as healed as possible before getting back into a competitive environment. The one thing you don't want to have happen is get back into game action and have to constantly think about your movements to avoid aggravating the area again.

There are no fool proof plans but the training staffs have pretty good rehab programs designed to get you back on the field as soon as possible. I think the worst part about in-season injuries is the time you have to spend away from baseball activities. It's one thing to get some rest, heal and feel well again; it's another to have to get yourself back into game form once you are ready to go. Obviously the longer the time you are off the more difficult it gets to get your timing bac,k especially in a game like baseball. But it is just another one of the challenges players have to overcome in this game.

Another challenge is the rain delay. Players hate those touch-and-go rain delays where at any moment the manager may stroll in and scream "game time in 15 minutes." I think the hardest part is just staying mentally prepared to go do the hardest thing there is to do in sports. In the minor leagues you rarely get rained out. We have a saying that on the GM weather radar there is always a "window" and that usually holds pretty true. Especially as you get higher in the minors and some of the cities make a pretty penny at the gate, the game almost never gets cancelled before the scheduled start.

Thanks everyone for your questions, I am going to work them in to my next installment.

Michael Taylor

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