Stoneburner's Injury Not Serious

TRENTON, NJ - Graham Stoneburner pitched well on Friday — a scoreless four innings. So why if he was pitching such a successful game, was Stoneburner removed after just 66 pitches? Plain and simply, he is injured again. On the positive note, it is only a minor groin injury and has nothing to do with the major neck injury that caused him to miss so much time last season.

"Right groin," confirmed Stoneburner. "When I was getting out of the way of a line drive that was hit back at me the other night I just kind of squatted out of the way then I got back up and pitched to the next batter, that was my last batter, then afterwards it was kind of tight so I said something to the trainer.

"It was the last batter I faced the other night, every time I pitched it just kept getting tighter and tighter and how cold it was that night I didn't want to take the risk of it tightening up on me and maybe tearing it or hurting it substantially and having to miss a lot of time", he continued.

"I'm hoping that I said something early enough that it doesn't linger very long—that's what we're hoping but it feels a lot better than it did Friday today."

Manager, Tony Franklin, and pitching coach Tommy Phelps are confident that this injury will not persist and shouldn't be a problem in the rest of the season.

"He's on the disabled list for some groin stiffness and this is a precautionary move more than anything else," Franklin said. "You tweak it a little bit, you feel something, it's a good thing he said I'm not feeling quite right that way it doesn't get any worse than what it is, and you don't aggravate it that much and gives us a chance to you get him some therapy and get him right back in there as quickly as we can."

"Hopefully he'll rest for a few days, strengthen it, then start throwing again and get back hopefully and not be out too long," Phelps opined. "I don't think it's too serious. I just think he tweaked it. We're just going to make sure he strengthens it up and that it's not an issue this year anymore."

Of course, Stoneburner's injury will put an adjustment in the rotation.

"So he's going to be on the disabled list and this is why we've got Dubee to take his place which works out well for us for now. [Arbiso] will be in the rotation," Franklin said.

Because the injury isn't very serious, Stoneburner will be rehabbing in Trenton with the team.

"As far as I know, he's going to be with us it doesn't look like it's going to be a long term injury and because of the fact that it's not a long term injury it's best for him to stay here and get treatment," Franklin added.

Stoneburner's injury is a frustrating one, especially after such a good start, but it's better to miss a couple games now, then to be out for an extended period of time later.

"It's frustrating to be injured especially a knick-knack injury like this where the first start of the year went out, pitched okay and then I have to miss a few just because of some groin tightness," Stoneburner said.

"It's hard to say something especially since maybe I thought I could go out and pitch some more, but at the end of the day I think I made the right call saying something early and not hurting myself more."

Since Stoneburner shouldn't be out for long, we should see him back very shortly working on his changeup and developing his third pitch.

"For Stoney he needs to work on his slider and probably his changeup and getting his changeup a little more confidence in using it and getting him a third pitch, especially being a starter," Phelps said.

"Get him back and get him out to where he's pitching every 5th day out that's the only way he's going to get better is getting out there and pitching every fifth day."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Right groin,\" confirmed Stoneburner. \"When I was getting out of the way of a line drive that was hit back at me the other night I just kind of squatted out of the way then I got back up and pitched to the next batter, that was my last batter, then afterwards it was kind of tight so I said something to the trainer.
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\r\n\"It was the last batter I faced the other night, every time I pitched it just kept getting tighter and tighter and how cold it was that night I didn't want to take the risk of it tightening up on me and maybe tearing it or hurting it substantially and having to miss a lot of time\", he continued.
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\r\n\"I'm hoping that I said something early enough that it doesn't linger very long—that's what we're hoping but it feels a lot better than it did Friday today.\"
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\r\nManager, Tony Franklin, and pitching coach Tommy Phelps are confident that this injury will not persist and shouldn't be a problem in the rest of the season.
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\r\n\"He's on the disabled list for some groin stiffness and this is a precautionary move more than anything else,\" Franklin said. \"You tweak it a little bit, you feel something, it's a good thing he said I'm not feeling quite right that way it doesn't get any worse than what it is, and you don't aggravate it that much and gives us a chance to you get him some therapy and get him right back in there as quickly as we can.\"
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\r\n\"Hopefully he'll rest for a few days, strengthen it, then start throwing again and get back hopefully and not be out too long,\" Phelps opined. \"I don't think it's too serious. I just think he tweaked it. We're just going to make sure he strengthens it up and that it's not an issue this year anymore.\"
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\r\nOf course, Stoneburner's injury will put an adjustment in the rotation.
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\r\n\"So he's going to be on the disabled list and this is why we've got Dubee to take his place which works out well for us for now. [Arbiso] will be in the rotation,\" Franklin said.
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\r\nBecause the injury isn't very serious, Stoneburner will be rehabbing in Trenton with the team.
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\r\n\"As far as I know, he's going to be with us it doesn't look like it's going to be a long term injury and because of the fact that it's not a long term injury it's best for him to stay here and get treatment,\" Franklin added.
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\r\nStoneburner's injury is a frustrating one, especially after such a good start, but it's better to miss a couple games now, then to be out for an extended period of time later.
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\r\n\"It's frustrating to be injured especially a knick-knack injury like this where the first start of the year went out, pitched okay and then I have to miss a few just because of some groin tightness,\" Stoneburner said.
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\r\n\"It's hard to say something especially since maybe I thought I could go out and pitch some more, but at the end of the day I think I made the right call saying something early and not hurting myself more.\"
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\r\nSince Stoneburner shouldn't be out for long, we should see him back very shortly working on his changeup and developing his third pitch.
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\r\n\"For Stoney he needs to work on his slider and probably his changeup and getting his changeup a little more confidence in using it and getting him a third pitch, especially being a starter,\" Phelps said.
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\r\n\"Get him back and get him out to where he's pitching every 5th day out that's the only way he's going to get better is getting out there and pitching every fifth day.\"
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