No Worries For Cox

J. Brent Cox, the Yankees' second round pick in 2005, went 6-2 with three saves and a 1.75 ERA with the Double-A Trenton Thunder this past season before ending his first full year of professional baseball to pitch for Team USA. Even though his time ended prematurely for precautionary measures, he says he's getting himself ready for 2007.

"It was great," J. Brent Cox said of his 2006 season. "Obviously it was different than college ball. I had a blast and I thought I made some big steps."

"It was awesome, a great experience," he said of pitching for Team USA. "I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys. We played real well together. We had some older guys that knew the ropes and we had some younger guys that was kind of a shell-shock for them."

"It was an awesome experience playing in front of 44,000 Cubans. You can have 40,000-45,000 American fans but it's nothing compared to 44,000 Cubans. They're beating on horns, got their flags, but they treated us with the most respect there."

"Right now I'm getting ready for next year. I had a great time this past year, but now that's in the past and I'm looking forward."

When Cox, who limited opposing Eastern League batters to a .197 batting average this past season, left Team USA early reportedly because of a hurt elbow, Yankees fans held their collective breath after seeing top pitching prospects Christian Garcia and Mark Melancon succumb to Tommy John surgery this offseason.

"I just got a little fatigue in my elbow," the former University of Texas closer revealed. "They didn't find anything wrong. I'm just going in three times a week just to do more prevention-like stuff."

"Right now I'll lift three days a week and go in three days a week to do just a little bit of ultrasound, massage, and that type of therapy just to prevent anything. It's a fatigue thing, like tendonitis, nothing serious at all."

The elbow concerns are not even an issue for Cox and company. While he is taking steps to try and prevent any further injury, he says it hasn't effected his workouts or his mental approach to throwing.

"No, not really," he said if the elbow is effecting him mentally. "If you're not going out there and having 100 percent confidence in what you're doing, if I ever thought it was going to effect me, I would never go out there and pitch because I wouldn't be at my best. I'd be weak and I'd never go out there thinking it was hurt."

Boasting a career 1.98 ERA and after mowing down the advanced batters at the Double-A level, a healthy Cox is solely focused on his task at hand as he gets ready for the 2007 season.

"Oh absolutely," he said if his goal is to get to the big leagues in 2007. "I think the year that I had last year, if I can continue to do that, I would hope to reach New York at some point next season. Other than that, I don't really set too many long-term goals. You've just got to take it day-to-day and do your job and not worry about anybody else or anything around you."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"It was great,\" J. Brent Cox said of his 2006 season. \"Obviously it was different than college ball. I had a blast and I thought I made some big steps.\"
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\r\n\"It was awesome, a great experience,\" he said of pitching for Team USA. \"I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys. We played real well together. We had some older guys that knew the ropes and we had some younger guys that was kind of a shell-shock for them.\"
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\r\n\"It was an awesome experience playing in front of 44,000 Cubans. You can have 40,000-45,000 American fans but it's nothing compared to 44,000 Cubans. They're beating on horns, got their flags, but they treated us with the most respect there.\"
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\r\n\"Right now I'm getting ready for next year. I had a great time this past year, but now that's in the past and I'm looking forward.\"
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\r\nWhen Cox, who limited opposing Eastern League batters to a .197 batting average this past season, left Team USA early reportedly because of a hurt elbow, Yankees fans held their collective breath after seeing top pitching prospects Christian Garcia and Mark Melancon succumb to Tommy John surgery this offseason.
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\r\n\"I just got a little fatigue in my elbow,\" the former University of Texas closer revealed. \"They didn't find anything wrong. I'm just going in three times a week just to do more prevention-like stuff.\"
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\r\n\"Right now I'll lift three days a week and go in three days a week to do just a little bit of ultrasound, massage, and that type of therapy just to prevent anything. It's a fatigue thing, like tendonitis, nothing serious at all.\"
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\r\nThe elbow concerns are not even an issue for Cox and company. While he is taking steps to try and prevent any further injury, he says it hasn't effected his workouts or his mental approach to throwing.
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\r\n\"No, not really,\" he said if the elbow is effecting him mentally. \"If you're not going out there and having 100 percent confidence in what you're doing, if I ever thought it was going to effect me, I would never go out there and pitch because I wouldn't be at my best. I'd be weak and I'd never go out there thinking it was hurt.\"
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\r\nBoasting a career 1.98 ERA and after mowing down the advanced batters at the Double-A level, a healthy Cox is solely focused on his task at hand as he gets ready for the 2007 season.
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\r\n\"Oh absolutely,\" he said if his goal is to get to the big leagues in 2007. \"I think the year that I had last year, if I can continue to do that, I would hope to reach New York at some point next season. Other than that, I don't really set too many long-term goals. You've just got to take it day-to-day and do your job and not worry about anybody else or anything around you.\"
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