Cormier and James do well in rehab stints
Lefty Chuck James and right-hander Lance Cormier, two of Atlanta's disabled pitchers, made successful rehab appearances for the Rome Braves Wednesday night in Columbus.
James, who injuried his hamstring earlier this month, started and got the top of the Catfish' order in 1-2-3 fashion. He struck out one and got two fly outs. James threw fifteen pitches in his one inning of work.
"I felt pretty good," James said. "I would have liked to have thrown a bit more, but all I was doing out there was trying to throw strikes. My hamstring felt fine. I don't feel it at all."
James will fly to Richmond Thursday and pitch two innings for the Triple-A affliate Friday night. Then he'll be stretched out to three innings in his next appearance, followed by five or six innings in his third game.
The Braves are stretching James out to see if he can be an option for the bullpen. With Kyle Davies possibly out for a couple of month, and with Jorge Sosa 0-5, the Braves may choose to move James into the rotation.
Since James has conditioned himself to be a reliever, albeit a long reliever, he has no worries he can adjust back to starting.
"It should be easy to go back," James said. "I'll just work on trying to get comfortable and see what happens."
Cormier is coming back from an injured oblique muscle, suffered in early May. He threw only ten pitches in his one inning of work, including two strikeouts.
"I felt good," Cormier said. "I used every pitch I had in those ten - a four-seamer, a two-seamer, a changeup, and a cutter. Everything felt fine."
Unlike James, the Braves did not tell Cormier if he would have another rehab assignment, so it's assumed he'll be activated Thursday when he's eligible to come off the disabled list.
"They just wanted to see how today went," Cormier said. "I could come back tomorrow if they think I'm ready."
Cormier said he had been sore in his side for a while, and then really felt pain when he sneezed. Finally, when he was in a game against the Nationals, the pain was so severe he felt like he was being stabbed in the side. But after several ultrasound treatments and now this rehab stint, Cormier feels like he's ready to return to the active roster.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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