Kontos Reaches Rehab Milestone

TAMPA, FL - George Kontos reached an important milestone in his Tommy John rehab on Tuesday - getting back up on the full mound. While he's excited about accomplishing that, he's even more excited about the way his arm feels these days.

"It's going great," George Kontos said. "Everything is feeling awesome. Everything is going as well as I could have expected."

A little bit ahead of schedule in his rehab, while getting on the full mound is one of the bigger milestones, it's when a pitcher can start throwing breaking pitches that is the next big one.

"All I'm doing right now is sticking with fastballs and throwing changeups on flat ground," he said. "The breaking balls come in two or three weeks, that's when I'll start spinning some breaking balls on flat ground. On week five is when I'll start breaking some breaking balls off of the full mound."

The full mound progression is an eight week program before he's able to pitch in live games, with week nine being a one inning, 20 pitch limit appearance and then building up 15 pitches per week following that to gradually build up his arm strength.

"Everything I've done so far, this is the best I've felt ever," he said firmly. "My whole body is strong and balanced, my arm feels like it did when I was 18 years old, it's great."

And for a pitcher who once showed a plus fastball that had dipped down to the average range the last year or two, Kontos says he can already feel the power back in his arm.

"Absolutely, I can feel it the most on my long-toss," he continued. "When I get to 120 or 150 feet, before I didn't have the carry that I normally did and now when I throw it it's on a line. It's firm the whole 120 or 150 feet. It feels great."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's going great,\" George Kontos said. \"Everything is feeling awesome. Everything is going as well as I could have expected.\"
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\r\nA little bit ahead of schedule in his rehab, while getting on the full mound is one of the bigger milestones, it's when a pitcher can start throwing breaking pitches that is the next big one.
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\r\n\"All I'm doing right now is sticking with fastballs and throwing changeups on flat ground,\" he said. \"The breaking balls come in two or three weeks, that's when I'll start spinning some breaking balls on flat ground. On week five is when I'll start breaking some breaking balls off of the full mound.\"
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\r\nThe full mound progression is an eight week program before he's able to pitch in live games, with week nine being a one inning, 20 pitch limit appearance and then building up 15 pitches per week following that to gradually build up his arm strength.
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\r\n\"Everything I've done so far, this is the best I've felt ever,\" he said firmly. \"My whole body is strong and balanced, my arm feels like it did when I was 18 years old, it's great.\"
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\r\nAnd for a pitcher who once showed a plus fastball that had dipped down to the average range the last year or two, Kontos says he can already feel the power back in his arm.
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\r\n\"Absolutely, I can feel it the most on my long-toss,\" he continued. \"When I get to 120 or 150 feet, before I didn't have the carry that I normally did and now when I throw it it's on a line. It's firm the whole 120 or 150 feet. It feels great.\"
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