Matt Squires' On-Line Journal: Getting Closer

Matt Squires had his 2004 season cut short by a shoulder injury and wound up needing surgery. He's spent months rehabbing and keeps moving closer to returning to action. He's starting the season on the DL, but hopes to return before too long if all goes well. He's keeping fans updated through his on-line journal entries.

My shoulder is doing really well and I'm about where we all figured that I would be at this point. I developed a little tendinitis in camp and was shut down about three weeks ago just to be sure it didn't get worse. Since then, I've returned to throwing and will have a bullpen session later this week and then we'll schedule a time for me to face live hitters. It will be basically like going through spring training all over again for me once I'm healthy.

As expected, I was assigned to Reading, but am starting the year on the DL. I'm hoping to be back in about a month or so, but that's not written in stone. It's all just a matter of being sure that I'm healthy and that everything is going to work correctly once I start throwing. Believe me, after all of the work to rehab my shoulder, I don't want to take any chances now and neither do the Phillies. I'll pitch in extended spring training and just work my way back. Since I've never been in extended camp, I'm not completely sure what to expect, but I'm sure it won't be quite as tough as camp was. They really put us through the workouts in camp and believe me, everybody was ready to break camp and start the season by the time this past weekend hit.

If there is a bright side to staying in extended spring, it's that I get to stay in Clearwater. I'll probably be here until mid-May between rehabbing and making a few rehab appearances with the Threshers. That should give me plenty of time to enjoy the warm weather and get in some golfing. I was only able to get out a couple times during spring training, but picked up a couple of good tips from some other guys and have been swinging the clubs pretty well.

If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to e-mail me at and I'll respond in a future journal entry. I'll be sure to keep you updated on how things are progressing down here in Clearwater.

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