Lindgren Taking A Detour

Rookie left-hander Jacob Lindgren was called up to the big leagues on May 24th on the strength of another dominating performance, this time at Triple-A Scranton. He lasted just seven appearances, however, after it was learned he had a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He had surgery in late June and he says he is now finally closing in on making a full return soon.

He began his second full season this year posting a 1.23 ERA in 15 appearances for Triple-A Scranton with 29 strikeouts in 22 innings before his big league call-up. He didn't fare quite as well in his brief big league time though, posting a 5.14 ERA in seven innings for the Yankees but he never really got the opportunity to make the adjustment as he went down with the bone spur.

"Yeah it was tough but they say everybody's road is different in baseball so I just took a little detour," Lindgren said. "Sometimes it bothered me but I was still able to pitch but it just worse and worse towards the end. It just wasn't feeling good.

"It was come and go but then it just got to a point where it started to bother me and that's when I said something."

It turns out that Lindgren had been pitching in pain to some degree pretty much all season. The good news was that it was just a bone spur though and that there was no damage to the ligament at all, and that meant a quicker recovery time.

"Literally a day or two later I started [rehabbing]. I started out doing range of motion type stuff but eventually you pick it back up and start strengthening the shoulder and everything around it. It's coming back. I'm feeling good now."

He says he feels quite strong now. In fact, he is already back up on the mound and he's scheduled to throw his second full bullpen session on Friday.

"I keep monitoring it and keep trying to get back to where I should be," he said. "I feel good now. I feel much better than before.

"I think coming up [soon] I'll be able to break out the slider. Right now it's just the fastball. I just have to take it one step at a time.

"I'm still building up my arm strength but my arm's feeling good right now. We'll see what happens when I start throwing full-on."

He is pretty content with the way his game had been developing prior to the injury and while he would have liked to have done a bit better during his brief cup of coffee at the big league level, getting that initial Major League taste has given him quite the incentive to work his way back.

"Oh definitely," he said emphatically. "It's cool watching people I know on TV play up there, especially some of the Triple-A guys I played with, but I also feel bad because I'm not there. It's interesting to watch but it makes me want to get back up there even more for sure."

With just 17 regular season games remaining on the Yankees schedule there's a better than average chance that Lindgren won't make his way back into big league games this season. Still, he's working his way closer to pitching in games soon. Whether that's at the big league level in the playoffs or even just during Instructional League games, Lindgren is inching his way closer to a full return.

"I think I could possibly throw maybe in Instructs just to get some innings back but I don't really know what the deal is. I just kind of go with the flow.

"I'm ready for it for sure. But I've got to take it one step at a time so I don't want to rush anything. I am getting better but like I said, I've just taken a little detour for now," he concluded.

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