Mullee Getting Closer

Conor Mullee, who injured his elbow last spring before succumbing to Tommy John surgery last June, is rehabbing his way back to game shape. Currently at the Yankees minor league complex, he says he is getting closer to making a full return in 2012.

"Yeah I'm getting there," he said. "The arm feels good and it's definitely progress. I'll be up on the [half] mound in less than a month. I'll take any kind of mound at this point."

He began his throwing program in October and continued it through the middle of December until the Yankees had him shut it down for a couple of weeks to give him some rest. The other reason for holding him back is that they didn't want to have him throwing for an entire calendar year after coming back from the surgery.

He resumed his throwing program at home in early January before reporting back to the minor league complex on January 18th and on Monday he reached another rehab milestone -- long-tossing.

"I started on Monday," he revealed. "I'm back to 25 throws at 90 feet and 25 throws at 120 feet. It feels really good. Actually last week the outside of the elbow was a little tight. It was just the muscle and they told me it would go away and it went away. So far the long-tossing feels great."

Not able to throw anything but fastballs at this point, he says he is working on coming to his balance point while long-tossing to get the feel back for his delivery. He will continue long-tossing at the current distance for another month before extending his range to 150 feet and then the next step will be to get up on the rehab half-mound.

He will pitch off of the rehab mound for another month, putting his eventual return to a full mound right around the start of the official 2012 season.

"I'll be [returning] a little bit after the start of the season hopefully," he said. "I knew it was going to be close [to the start of the season]. I was a little disappointed they told me to take the two weeks off but I understand why.

"I'm happy to be back just doing baseball stuff. If I'm a little bit delayed into the start of the season that's okay. There's not much I can do about it."

All things considered he has kept his spirits up during the rehab process and he says it hasn't been too rough for him overall.

"It actually hasn't been too bad. Obviously the first couple of months were real tough where it was tight but lately, once I started working out and throwing, it's been pretty smooth sailing.

"I've had a little stiffness here and there but I've been getting massaged out and doing all of my rehab. It's been pretty good so far, I can't really complain. I hope it stays like that."

The plan right now is to be back up on a full mound once the new season starts but he will still rehabbing at that point.

"I should definitely be on the full mound once the season starts. Hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks into the season before I get back into games.

"I haven't had any setbacks or anything like that. It's still a month away but everyday I think about it. Hopefully this next month goes by real fast."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Yeah I'm getting there,\" he said. \"The arm feels good and it's definitely progress. I'll be up on the [half] mound in less than a month. I'll take any kind of mound at this point.\"
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\r\nHe began his throwing program in October and continued it through the middle of December until the Yankees had him shut it down for a couple of weeks to give him some rest. The other reason for holding him back is that they didn't want to have him throwing for an entire calendar year after coming back from the surgery.
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\r\nHe resumed his throwing program at home in early January before reporting back to the minor league complex on January 18th and on Monday he reached another rehab milestone -- long-tossing.
\r\n
\r\n\"I started on Monday,\" he revealed. \"I'm back to 25 throws at 90 feet and 25 throws at 120 feet. It feels really good. Actually last week the outside of the elbow was a little tight. It was just the muscle and they told me it would go away and it went away. So far the long-tossing feels great.\"
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\r\nNot able to throw anything but fastballs at this point, he says he is working on coming to his balance point while long-tossing to get the feel back for his delivery. He will continue long-tossing at the current distance for another month before extending his range to 150 feet and then the next step will be to get up on the rehab half-mound.
\r\n
\r\nHe will pitch off of the rehab mound for another month, putting his eventual return to a full mound right around the start of the official 2012 season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'll be [returning] a little bit after the start of the season hopefully,\" he said. \"I knew it was going to be close [to the start of the season]. I was a little disappointed they told me to take the two weeks off but I understand why.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm happy to be back just doing baseball stuff. If I'm a little bit delayed into the start of the season that's okay. There's not much I can do about it.\"
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\r\nAll things considered he has kept his spirits up during the rehab process and he says it hasn't been too rough for him overall.
\r\n
\r\n\"It actually hasn't been too bad. Obviously the first couple of months were real tough where it was tight but lately, once I started working out and throwing, it's been pretty smooth sailing.
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\r\n\"I've had a little stiffness here and there but I've been getting massaged out and doing all of my rehab. It's been pretty good so far, I can't really complain. I hope it stays like that.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe plan right now is to be back up on a full mound once the new season starts but he will still rehabbing at that point.
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\r\n\"I should definitely be on the full mound once the season starts. Hopefully it will only be a couple of weeks into the season before I get back into games.
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\r\n\"I haven't had any setbacks or anything like that. It's still a month away but everyday I think about it. Hopefully this next month goes by real fast.\"
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