In 2008, right-handed pitcher Mike Parisi's career was on the upswing. The then-25-year old had become a stalwart of the Triple-A Memphis rotation with an 8-2 record and a 3.86 ERA in 15 Pacific Coast League starts.
Parisi also made his long-awaited
Major League debut on May 5. In two different stints with
Now, Parisi is back on the mound
at the Cardinals complex in Jupiter,
Mike, it has been just over 11 months since your Tommy John surgery. Where are you in your recovery process?
On Monday, I started throwing curveballs for the first time as I continue my mound program.
How many pitches are you up to now?
This time out, I threw 85 pitches total. 40 pitches were in the bullpen and the other 45 pitches were to live hitters.
Where are you in terms of your fastball?
My velocity is almost back to 100%.
How soon until you think you will be ready to play in games?
I am only a few weeks from being in a real game. The physical therapist says that I should be ready around the 17th of August.
Do you know yet at what level you will be starting?
At this point, it is uncertain
where I will be starting my in-game throwing. Maybe the Gulf Coast League, maybe
How anxious are you for that day to arrive?
Honestly, I just want to get on
the mound in a game and show everyone that I am healthy and ready
to start working my way back up to
Have there been any discussions with the organization about making up some lost time by playing this winter?
I may go play winter ball but that decision will be made by the Cardinals once I am no longer considered "rehab".
This is all great news and I wish you best of luck the rest of the way. I hope to see you on the mound very soon.
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