Dyson Returning from Injury

Dunedin, FL - Sam Dyson was the 2010 fourth round draft pick for the Blue Jays, but missed an entire season due to an elbow injury. A now healthy and confident Dyson is back in the game and hoping for a great season with the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays. The Blue Jays are anticipating a good season for him as well and can only hope for a clean bill of health from here on.

"He just hasn't been healthy enough to go out there and pitch, and now that he's healthy and he's feeling good he has just got to go out there and log his innings and get his experience," Dunedin Manager Mike Redmond said. "He has got to stay healthy and be able to go out there and make his starts to get that experience."

The 24-year-old Tampa, Fla., native has had some past injuries in addition to the one that kept him out of pro ball, for which he had to have Tommy John Surgery on to correct. He has had a total of three elbow surgeries over the course of a few years as well as surgery on both his right and left shoulders.

"He has had to overcome some injuries, but he is out there now and he is healthy," Redmond said. "He looks good and he has a really good fastball. His secondary pitches are pitches that he is going to have to continue to develop and work on, but he's got good stuff now. We just have to develop what he has, improve his pitches and see how he does over the course of a full season."

Dyson had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in October of 2010. He started feeling back to normal around November of this past year and started to get back in the swing of things.

Dyson spent most of the offseason at the minor league complex, in and out everyday working with strength trainers and the coaches. His main goal was to rehabilitate himself and get healthy. He was dedicated to throwing everyday and working on his very regimented rehab workouts.

"I was working on trying to stay healthy," Dyson said. "I have had some other injuries in the past so I was just trying to stay healthy, make every opportunity count and get out there every chance I get. I wasn't sure if I was going to start or relieve coming into training, so I didn't want to miss an oppurtunity to be there to start and make an appearance."

Dyson feels like Spring Training went well and that this season has been good for him so far. He is back to throwing the same as he was before the surgery and is feeling his power and velocity coming back on strong. In six appearances for the Blue Jays this season—all of which have been starts, Dyson has thrown 28.2 innings and touts a 2-0 record. He has a 4.08 ERA while striking out 16 and walking five.

"Right now it's great to have him out there pitching," Redmond said. "You can definitely see that he is a hard thrower. He has good life. He's got a quick arm and I think he will only get stronger as he gets more innings under his belt. The velocity will creep up there with each month that goes by."

Dyson's has displayed good fastball command. At this point he needs to work on improving his secondary pitches. His curveball and changeup need some developing, but are expected to come quickly with more experience and game time. Dyson is getting into the routine of coming back strong every five days as opposed to his college days when it was every seven days. So far, his coaches are seeing progress and are pleased with Dyson's performance.

"I see a major league arm that needs a lot of seasoning, a young man that is going through a lot of adversity and is finally starting to climb the ladder," Pitching Coach Darold Knowles said. "He throws extremely well and his mechanics are sound, his stuff is electric when he does it correctly and that is most of the time."

Dyson currently throws in the low 90s, occasionally reaching a little higher. He continues to work hard to learn and develop new pitching skills. The combination of rehabilitation workouts, strength training and a good health regimen should create a recipe for success as long as he continues on this path.

"He has worked himself extremely hard to get himself back and he is in excellent shape right now," Knowles said. "We just hope that he stays healthy and being mechanically sound should help him stay that way. If he continues to stay healthy, he can have a very bright future. I only see great things for him."

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\r\n \r\n\"He just hasn't been healthy enough to go out there and pitch, and now that he's healthy\r\nand he's feeling good he has just got to go out there and log his innings and get his experience,\" Dunedin Manager Mike Redmond said. \"He has got to stay healthy and be able to go out there and make his starts to get that experience.\"
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The 24-year-old Tampa, Fla., native has had some past injuries in addition to the one that kept him out of pro ball, for which he had to have Tommy John Surgery on to correct. He has had a total of three elbow surgeries over the course of a few years as well as surgery on both his right and left shoulders.
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\"He has had to overcome some injuries, but he is out there now and he is healthy,\" Redmond said. \"He looks good and he has a really good fastball. His secondary pitches are pitches that he is going to have to continue to develop and work on, but he's got good stuff now. We just have to develop what he has, improve his pitches and see how he does over the course of a full season.\"
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Dyson had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in October of 2010. He started feeling back to normal \r\naround November of this past year and started to get back in the swing of things.
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Dyson spent most of the offseason at the minor league complex, in and out everyday working\r\nwith strength trainers and the coaches. His main goal was to rehabilitate himself and get \r\nhealthy. He was dedicated to throwing everyday and working on his very regimented rehab workouts.
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\"I was working on trying to stay healthy,\" Dyson said. \"I have had some other injuries in the past so I was just trying to stay healthy, make every opportunity count and get out there every chance I get. I wasn't sure if I was going to start or relieve coming into training, so I didn't want to miss an oppurtunity to be there to start and make an appearance.\"
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Dyson feels like Spring Training went well and that this season has been good for him so\r\nfar. He is back to throwing the same as he was before the surgery and is feeling his power\r\nand velocity coming back on strong. In six appearances for the Blue Jays this season—all of which have been starts, Dyson has thrown 28.2 innings and touts a 2-0 record. He has a 4.08 ERA while striking out 16 and walking five.
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\"Right now it's great to have him out there pitching,\" Redmond said. \"You can definitely see\r\nthat he is a hard thrower. He has good life. He's got a quick arm and I think he will only get stronger as he gets more innings under his belt. The velocity will creep up there with \r\neach month that goes by.\"
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Dyson's has displayed good fastball command. At this point he needs to work on improving his \r\nsecondary pitches. His curveball and changeup need some developing, but are expected to come quickly with more experience and game time. Dyson is getting into the routine of coming back strong every five days as opposed to his college days when it was every seven days. So far, his coaches are seeing progress and are pleased with Dyson's performance.
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\"I see a major league arm that needs a lot of seasoning, a young man that is going through a lot of adversity and is finally starting to climb the ladder,\" Pitching Coach Darold Knowles said. \"He throws extremely well and his mechanics are sound, his stuff is electric when he does it correctly and that is most of the time.\"
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Dyson currently throws in the low 90s, occasionally reaching a little higher. He continues to work hard to learn and develop new pitching skills. The combination of rehabilitation workouts, strength training and a good health regimen should create a recipe for success as long as he continues on this path.
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\"He has worked himself extremely hard to get himself back and he is in excellent shape\r\nright now,\" Knowles said. \"We just hope that he stays healthy and being mechanically sound \r\nshould help him stay that way. If he continues to stay healthy, he can have a very bright future. \r\nI only see great things for him.\"
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