Bowman Back in Action

Shawn Bowman returned to the St. Lucie roster in June after a long rehab stint that lasted nearly an entire calendar year. For three seasons now, the third baseman has battled back injuries, surgeries and prevailing rehab stints in order to get to this point. Now feeling healthier than he has in some time, Bowman looks for success while maintaining his newfound health.

"It feels really good, really good. It's been a long road of recovery and right now everything is going well, I'm feeling good and it's great to out there and play on a daily basis again," detailed Shawn Bowman when asked about the health of his back.

It has been a long, trying three years for the 23-year-old third baseman who has endured multiple back surgeries during this period. Yet, despite the setbacks and all the painstaking rehab assignments, he once again finds himself on the St. Lucie roster ready to get his career back on track.

The road to full recovery has not been easy for Bowman who underwent long bouts of grueling rehab and still completes daily exercises just to prepare his body to play every day. Nonetheless, as long as his back is mobile while the uniform is on, he is content with its condition.

"My back feels best when it needs to and that's when I'm out there playing because it feels best when I'm active. It takes me a while to warm my back up to be active, but once I do that I'm good to go for the day. It's just the mornings and nights which are the tough parts, but that doesn't matter as long as I can play," he said.

"I was doing intense rehab five days a week, doing core stuff and everything that surrounds it with cardio. Every day now I'm still doing 30 to 45 minutes of those types of rehab workouts before I even step on the field."

It is Bowman's positive mental approach to his rehab and his game—an element that makes him a natural-born leader—which has buoyed him since issues arose in the spring of 2005. With just 185 total at-bats since the start of 2006, one could see how the passing time could take its toll on a player but he refuses to let that negativity overtake him.

"It's pretty simple [to feel so positive] because this is my passion, this is my dream and it always has been and always will be. It's in my blood and anyone who has played this game at this level."

"It's one of those things that you have to take in stride. Life can be unfair at times but I can't worry about that, I just have to do what's necessary to get healthy and get back out there."

The unknown longevity of his health each time he began a new rehab assignment was the most unnerving element of it all, according to Bowman. Every time he succumbed to surgery then went deep into rehab only to go under the knife again raised the hurdles higher and higher. Yet, this time has been different. After his last rehab period began last October, Bowman has been on a steady climb towards complete health with few adversities.

"In the past, I'd rehab, feel good, get nearly there and then my back would break down again and that was really hard. As far as this rehab as gone after the surgery, I haven't really had any major problems to get over so everything from the surgery to now has been good," he explained.

How he has been feeling is evident in the numbers. Through 13 closely monitored games, Bowman holds a .326 average [15-for-46] with a home run and five RBI. Mix in two doubles and a triple, and he is showing flashes of the big power hitter the organization believes he can be when at 100 percent.

However, while the production at the plate is welcomed and satisfying given the lack of game action he has seen in recent years, Bowman acknowledged that everything is still in a guarded phase as he cannot yet exert his body to the level he wishes.

"I'm still in a touch-and-feel stage about how my back is going to feel even though I've been playing every day for the last two weeks. It's just a matter of just playing. That sounds simple, but there aren't a lot of extra swings I can take or try to do too much because the top priority is being able to play every day."

It would be a splendid sight to all to see Bowman regain the power that drove him to smack 36 home runs over the course of the 2004 and 2005 seasons in Low-A and High-A, but for the moment numbers are irrelevant as health remains atop his list.

"Statistics are really not a priority right now because of my back issues, so everything starts with staying healthy. If my numbers aren't there, it's not a big deal and I will get back to all that next year. My only main goal is to stay healthy and then after that I can get back to work on everything else."

Barring any further bumps in the road, this season could be a testament to the third baseman that, despite all that he has been through, still has the natural ability that could prompt a rapid ascent up the organizational ladder. His potentially big bat, sparkling defense and rocket arm outline a viable big leaguer, but to get there it's all about health and playing time for Bowman.

"I think the main thing that I was most concerned about was being able to stay healthy and work through the troubles of playing every day. I want to be able to work on the small things, the routine things and I'm trying to do that and hopefully I'll stay healthy enough to remain out there and do that. It's just a matter of staying strong and working on those things day in, day out," he closed.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It feels really good, really good. It's been a long road of recovery and right now everything is going well, I'm feeling good and it's great to out there and play on a daily basis again,\" detailed Shawn Bowman when asked about the health of his back.
\r\n
\r\nIt has been a long, trying three years for the 23-year-old third baseman who has endured multiple back surgeries during this period. Yet, despite the setbacks and all the painstaking rehab assignments, he once again finds himself on the St. Lucie roster ready to get his career back on track.
\r\n
\r\nThe road to full recovery has not been easy for Bowman who underwent long bouts of grueling rehab and still completes daily exercises just to prepare his body to play every day. Nonetheless, as long as his back is mobile while the uniform is on, he is content with its condition.
\r\n
\r\n\"My back feels best when it needs to and that's when I'm out there playing because it feels best when I'm active. It takes me a while to warm my back up to be active, but once I do that I'm good to go for the day. It's just the mornings and nights which are the tough parts, but that doesn't matter as long as I can play,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was doing intense rehab five days a week, doing core stuff and everything that surrounds it with cardio. Every day now I'm still doing 30 to 45 minutes of those types of rehab workouts before I even step on the field.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt is Bowman's positive mental approach to his rehab and his game—an element that makes him a natural-born leader—which has buoyed him since issues arose in the spring of 2005. With just 185 total at-bats since the start of 2006, one could see how the passing time could take its toll on a player but he refuses to let that negativity overtake him.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's pretty simple [to feel so positive] because this is my passion, this is my dream and it always has been and always will be. It's in my blood and anyone who has played this game at this level.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's one of those things that you have to take in stride. Life can be unfair at times but I can't worry about that, I just have to do what's necessary to get healthy and get back out there.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe unknown longevity of his health each time he began a new rehab assignment was the most unnerving element of it all, according to Bowman. Every time he succumbed to surgery then went deep into rehab only to go under the knife again raised the hurdles higher and higher. Yet, this time has been different. After his last rehab period began last October, Bowman has been on a steady climb towards complete health with few adversities.
\r\n
\r\n\"In the past, I'd rehab, feel good, get nearly there and then my back would break down again and that was really hard. As far as this rehab as gone after the surgery, I haven't really had any major problems to get over so everything from the surgery to now has been good,\" he explained.
\r\n
\r\nHow he has been feeling is evident in the numbers. Through 13 closely monitored games, Bowman holds a .326 average [15-for-46] with a home run and five RBI. Mix in two doubles and a triple, and he is showing flashes of the big power hitter the organization believes he can be when at 100 percent.
\r\n
\r\nHowever, while the production at the plate is welcomed and satisfying given the lack of game action he has seen in recent years, Bowman acknowledged that everything is still in a guarded phase as he cannot yet exert his body to the level he wishes.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm still in a touch-and-feel stage about how my back is going to feel even though I've been playing every day for the last two weeks. It's just a matter of just playing. That sounds simple, but there aren't a lot of extra swings I can take or try to do too much because the top priority is being able to play every day.\"
\r\n
\r\nIt would be a splendid sight to all to see Bowman regain the power that drove him to smack 36 home runs over the course of the 2004 and 2005 seasons in Low-A and High-A, but for the moment numbers are irrelevant as health remains atop his list.
\r\n
\r\n\"Statistics are really not a priority right now because of my back issues, so everything starts with staying healthy. If my numbers aren't there, it's not a big deal and I will get back to all that next year. My only main goal is to stay healthy and then after that I can get back to work on everything else.\"
\r\n
\r\nBarring any further bumps in the road, this season could be a testament to the third baseman that, despite all that he has been through, still has the natural ability that could prompt a rapid ascent up the organizational ladder. His potentially big bat, sparkling defense and rocket arm outline a viable big leaguer, but to get there it's all about health and playing time for Bowman.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think the main thing that I was most concerned about was being able to stay healthy and work through the troubles of playing every day. I want to be able to work on the small things, the routine things and I'm trying to do that and hopefully I'll stay healthy enough to remain out there and do that. It's just a matter of staying strong and working on those things day in, day out,\" he closed.
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