Varce Finally Feeling Healthy Again

Zach Varce ended last season optimistic about what this season would hold. He posted a respectable 4.54 ERA in Staten Island last year with an impressive 74 strikeouts to 17 walks. In the beginning of Spring Training, his first live batting practice actually, something felt different. It started small but his minor groin strain kept Varce from throwing his first inning of 2011 until July 5.

After he felt the first sign of pain in the, Zachary Varce rested for a week. He tried to throw again but to no avail, it felt the same if not worse. He rested for a month and a half, tried physical therapy and rehab, then gave it another shot.

It persisted. At this point, both Varce and the team realized it was something a bit more serious and sent him up to New York for a PRP injection, or a Platelet Rich Plasma injection.

The shot essentially causes a mass influx of growth factors and greatly accelerates regeneration of damaged tissue. Varce received two more shots after he returned to Florida and he says they've worked extremely well.

"I haven't felt a thing since," he said.

For the 22-year-old right-hander, it's nice to get back on the field after being sidelined for almost four months. He's back to throwing all of the pitches in his repertoire, which include a fastball, curveball, slider, and a changeup.

His best out-pitch he says is his slider right now, but his change is doing well also.

"The changeup is coming along," Varce said. "It's a new pitch for me but I'm happy with it so far."

After recovering from the injury, Varce said he and the coaches have been tweaking lots of mechanics to find a happy medium between how he was throwing before and how he feels now.

"[The tweaks] have really helped-command wise," said Varce. "I have probably the best control of my fastball I've ever had. That's definitely been a good part about it."

On July 5, Varce started a GCL game and pitched an inning for his first appearance of 2011. He allowed a hit and a walk but no runs. He struck out two.

Although he's disappointed about missing out on spring training and the first couple of months of the season, he's busy looking forward to how he can continue to improve.

"It's frustrating because it's missed time that you can't get back," said Varce. "But at the same time I'm getting healthy to the point where I don't have to worry about this because this has been an ongoing problem."

"I've gotta continue to develop my pitches and clean up my mechanics," he added, "and I feel like the results will come from that."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nAfter he felt the first sign of pain in the, Zachary Varce rested for a week. He tried to throw again but to no avail, it felt the same if not worse. He rested for a month and a half, tried physical therapy and rehab, then gave it another shot.
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\r\nIt persisted. At this point, both Varce and the team realized it was something a bit more serious and sent him up to New York for a PRP injection, or a Platelet Rich Plasma injection.
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\r\nThe shot essentially causes a mass influx of growth factors and greatly accelerates regeneration of damaged tissue. Varce received two more shots after he returned to Florida and he says they've worked extremely well.
\r\n
\r\n\"I haven't felt a thing since,\" he said.
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\r\nFor the 22-year-old right-hander, it's nice to get back on the field after being sidelined for almost four months. He's back to throwing all of the pitches in his repertoire, which include a fastball, curveball, slider, and a changeup.
\r\n
\r\nHis best out-pitch he says is his slider right now, but his change is doing well also.
\r\n
\r\n\"The changeup is coming along,\" Varce said. \"It's a new pitch for me but I'm happy with it so far.\"
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\r\nAfter recovering from the injury, Varce said he and the coaches have been tweaking lots of mechanics to find a happy medium between how he was throwing before and how he feels now.
\r\n
\r\n\"[The tweaks] have really helped-command wise,\" said Varce. \"I have probably the best control of my fastball I've ever had. That's definitely been a good part about it.\"
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\r\nOn July 5, Varce started a GCL game and pitched an inning for his first appearance of 2011. He allowed a hit and a walk but no runs. He struck out two.
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\r\nAlthough he's disappointed about missing out on spring training and the first couple of months of the season, he's busy looking forward to how he can continue to improve.
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\r\n\"It's frustrating because it's missed time that you can't get back,\" said Varce. \"But at the same time I'm getting healthy to the point where I don't have to worry about this because this has been an ongoing problem.\"
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\r\n\"I've gotta continue to develop my pitches and clean up my mechanics,\" he added, \"and I feel like the results will come from that.\"
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