Zack Segovia's Journal: Zack & Cole Doing Well

Zack Segovia continues his rehab back from Tommy John surgery last November. After all of the physical therapy and long-tossing, he returned to the bullpen mound to move closer to pitching against live hitters. Now, the milestones in his rehab are coming fast and furious and pitching in an FIL game is right around the corner.

Things have continued to go well since I last posted news on the site. It's actually going very well.

I'm still completely pain free and throwing feels great. I've been doing bullpen sessions and had hitters standing in the box, but not hitting off of me. Having a warm body in the batter's box at least gives you a little perspective. Since all of that has gone well, it's time to take the next step.

Saturday, I'll be facing hitters who will actually be hitting off of me. It's going to be interesting to see how I can do against them. As well as things have been going, it doesn't seem like it will be much of an issue for me, but I certainly won't be back to where I was before the surgery. It's not for physical reasons just as much as it is being a little rusty against live hitters. Like I said, things can look good in the bullpen, but that's not always how they go when there's a hitter with a bat standing there.

I feel confident about my pitches. I've been able to throw all of my pitches without having to worry about having pain. When I was playing catch, I was actually working on my slider. It was getting pretty good, but then I lost it for a while. Now though, it's back to having a pretty hard, sharp break. My change-up is improving too. It's just a matter of putting it all together.

I've mentioned before that Cole Hamels is my roommate. He's working his way back from recurring shoulder inflammation that cost him a lot of the season. He's taking his next step too, throwing a side session for the first time since he was shut down a little more than three months ago. He feels great and I know he's anxious to start throwing again. I think we both wish the 2005 season would be here much sooner than it will.

Other than just getting ready to pitch, I've been playing a lot of golf and mixing in some video games. We've been playing the new Tiger Wolf Golf, but it's pretty tough. Cole and I have created our own players, but it's kind of weird the way the game works and we're not moving along too quickly. Playing real golf is much better and I'm liking golf a lot. I'll tell you one thing though, it's a lot tougher than it looks on TV. I have a new respect for pro golfers. Still, it's a lot of fun and I don't worry about how well I do. It's nice just to get out there and hit the ball and have fun with friends.

I'll keep you updated on how things go and let you know what happens in my first FIL game. I'm hoping for the best, but much like my golf game, it will be great just to get out there again.
The next step comes next Wednesday when I pitch in a Florida Instructional League game. That's going to be great. Just to be out there in a competitive situation is going to feel awesome.

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