Zack Segovia's On-Line Journal

Zack Segovia appears to have put his elbow injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery behind him and is looking forward to spring training. In fact, he's doing so well in his rehab that the Phillies recently added him to their 40 man roster to protect him in the Rule V Draft. That also means some added attention and an invite to major league camp this spring. Zack talks about all of that and more in his latest on-line journal.

It's been a pretty interesting off-season for me. The Phillies added me to their 40 man roster, which was a surprise. Needless to say, I was pretty pumped about that. Since I'm on the roster now, I'll be in major league camp and I am definitely looking forward to that.

I'm also heading to the Rookie Development Program in Virginia. It's run by Major League Baseball and is for young players who are on the 40 man roster and have less than 60 days in the majors. Basically, they help to teach you how to stay out of trouble and prepare you for what you'll face in the majors. They give you ideas on how to deal with the press and give you some insight into how your life may change in the near future. It's all a part of moving up the ladder and it will be pretty interesting, I'm sure.

Rich Dubee, the new Phillies pitching coach called me the other day. He just wanted to see how I was doing and make sure that I wasn't throwing. I told him that I'm concentrating on my running program and won't pick up a baseball for another couple weeks at least. Dubee is a great guy. I worked with him in the Florida Instructional League and he was very cool. Actually, I'm psyched about a few of the pitching coaches in the organization. Scott Lovekamp (Clearwater) and Tom Filer (Reading) are great too. I've worked with them in camp in the past and am looking forward to working with them again. I'll likely start the season at Clearwater and then move to Reading when the weather gets warmer, so I'll get to work with Lovekamp and Filer.

It will be great going to camp this spring. With Dubee, Lovekamp, Filer there, it will be nice to know the guys I'll be working with. Plus, I know Bill Dancy, who is now the third base coach for the Phillies and Charlie Manuel a little from their time working with minor league players. That will take a lot of the pressure off since I'll know them and they'll know a little bit about me.

Personally, I'm home with my family and having a great time. My nephew is crawling now and I'm hoping that he starts to walk before I leave for Florida. I spend as much time with him and my niece as I can and love it. As I said, I'm doing a lot of running. This week alone, I ran 24 miles in four days, including ten miles last Sunday. I usually run about four miles a day. Plus, I'm doing my usual exercise routine and just getting in shape for the season.

Needless to say, I'm pumped about how everything is going. My arm feels great and it will be nice to really get back on track this spring. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Editor's Note: Zack Segovia underwent Tommy John surgery in November of 2003 and missed all of the 2004 season. He writes frequent on-line journals exclusively for PhillyBaseballNews.com. You can send questions or comments to Zack through PBN.

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