Bowman Avoids Surgery

Shawn Bowman broke his back at his L-5 vertebrate in the exact same place in two consecutive seasons. Hearing a pop in his back on May 13th, Bowman immediately knew something was wrong. Fearing the worst - back surgery - he and the Mets breathed a sigh of relief when it was learned he didn't need surgery and he is rehabbing his way back at the minor league complex in St. Lucie.

"No, I didn't have the surgery," a happy Shawn Bowman told InsidePitchMagazine.com. "I got my third shot on Wednesday [August 9th] and it's been working so far. The plan is to not have surgery, as far as it is now, because I'm feeling good and we'll go from there. Surgery is a last resort kind of thing."

Looking good and in no visible pain, Bowman is working his way back from the injury at the Mets minor league complex in St. Lucie, although he currently isn't allowed to take any grounders at third nor swing in the cages.

"No," he said of getting any field work, "I'm just rehabbing right now, building up my core. I'm building up my upper body strength and my lower body strength. My season's done for now and I'm getting ready for Instructs. I'm going to try and swing there for the first time, in about three or four weeks."

Doing variations of crunches and lower back exercises, the plan is to build the muscles around his back in an effort to take the pressure off of his back and everyone is excited that he could be back as early as the Instructional League.

As if breaking his back in the exact same spot in two consecutive seasons weren't enough, the fact that his injuries snapped his hot streaks each year only added to the pain.

Last season, Shawn Bowman was hitting .292 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 38 games before a break to his L-5 vertebrate in his back ended his season. After starting off slow to begin the season this year, Bowman was in the midst of a .324-3-11 stretch over a ten-game span that included a nine-game hit streak before going down a second time.

All things considered, Bowman has remained optimistic and has taken everything in stride.

"I just try to look on the positive side of things by saying [stuff] happens," said Bowman. "What are you going to do? You can't sit around and piss and moan about it. You've got to go out and do the best that you can to try and come back. Hopefully everything will take care of itself."

A plus defensive third baseman with 20 home runs and 72 RBI in 119 games in the pitching-friendly Florida State League the past two seasons, Bowman's back injuries have slowed down his ascension to the big leagues.

The 21-year old is hoping that he has done enough to prove himself at the high-A level so that when he does come back, he can move on to the higher levels.

"There going to do what they're going to do," Bowman said if he thought he would be back in St. Lucie next season. "I would love not to be in St. Lucie again. If I'm there I'm just going to have to prove myself again and prove to the Mets again that I can handle the league, that I am ready for double-A, and I just hope I don't have to go there [St. Lucie] and start off again."

A true sign of his character, Bowman not only remains positive as he works his way back yet again from a serious injury, but he refuses to blame his injuries for the slow starts each of the last two seasons.

"No, I don't think it was," said Bowman, refusing to blame his injuries. "I think it was just I was pressing too much and trying to do too much early on instead of just relaxing, going out there everyday and getting a couple of knocks."

Just a month away from Instructs, Bowman and the Mets are hoping he'll be healthy enough to get a few more "knocks" before the offseason.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"No, I didn't have the surgery,\" a happy Shawn Bowman told InsidePitchMagazine.com. \"I got my third shot on Wednesday [August 9th] and it's been working so far. The plan is to not have surgery, as far as it is now, because I'm feeling good and we'll go from there. Surgery is a last resort kind of thing.\"
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\r\nLooking good and in no visible pain, Bowman is working his way back from the injury at the Mets minor league complex in St. Lucie, although he currently isn't allowed to take any grounders at third nor swing in the cages.
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\r\n\"No,\" he said of getting any field work, \"I'm just rehabbing right now, building up my core. I'm building up my upper body strength and my lower body strength. My season's done for now and I'm getting ready for Instructs. I'm going to try and swing there for the first time, in about three or four weeks.\"
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\r\nDoing variations of crunches and lower back exercises, the plan is to build the muscles around his back in an effort to take the pressure off of his back and everyone is excited that he could be back as early as the Instructional League.
\r\n
\r\nAs if breaking his back in the exact same spot in two consecutive seasons weren't enough, the fact that his injuries snapped his hot streaks each year only added to the pain.
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\r\nLast season, Shawn Bowman was hitting .292 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 38 games before a break to his L-5 vertebrate in his back ended his season. After starting off slow to begin the season this year, Bowman was in the midst of a .324-3-11 stretch over a ten-game span that included a nine-game hit streak before going down a second time.
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\r\nAll things considered, Bowman has remained optimistic and has taken everything in stride.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just try to look on the positive side of things by saying [stuff] happens,\" said Bowman. \"What are you going to do? You can't sit around and piss and moan about it. You've got to go out and do the best that you can to try and come back. Hopefully everything will take care of itself.\"
\r\n
\r\nA plus defensive third baseman with 20 home runs and 72 RBI in 119 games in the pitching-friendly Florida State League the past two seasons, Bowman's back injuries have slowed down his ascension to the big leagues.
\r\n
\r\nThe 21-year old is hoping that he has done enough to prove himself at the high-A level so that when he does come back, he can move on to the higher levels.
\r\n
\r\n\"There going to do what they're going to do,\" Bowman said if he thought he would be back in St. Lucie next season. \"I would love not to be in St. Lucie again. If I'm there I'm just going to have to prove myself again and prove to the Mets again that I can handle the league, that I am ready for double-A, and I just hope I don't have to go there [St. Lucie] and start off again.\"
\r\n
\r\nA true sign of his character, Bowman not only remains positive as he works his way back yet again from a serious injury, but he refuses to blame his injuries for the slow starts each of the last two seasons.
\r\n
\r\n\"No, I don't think it was,\" said Bowman, refusing to blame his injuries. \"I think it was just I was pressing too much and trying to do too much early on instead of just relaxing, going out there everyday and getting a couple of knocks.\"
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\r\nJust a month away from Instructs, Bowman and the Mets are hoping he'll be healthy enough to get a few more \"knocks\" before the offseason.
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