Here is what he said:
Q: How did you feel taking grounders?
A: Ground balls went pretty well yesterday. I plan on doing some more today. I ran a little bit earlier today, which was nice. It was good to wake up feeling pretty good. That’s a good sign.
Q: You said in Washington you’d start taking ground balls, but it didn’t happen for a couple weeks. Why?
A: I was doing some things inside. I’m trying to get to a point where when we start going for it, I feel pretty comfortable. I’ve realized over the course of this time that the more I push it and feel uncomfortable, the worse it can get. We try to make small progressions. Taking ground balls yesterday was a good sign. I felt pretty good today.
Q: Is the next step taking grounders several days in a row?
A: One thing is, you don’t want to overdo it. Today, I’ll take some ground balls. Tomorrow, maybe I’ll slow it down a little and pick it up again. It’s all going to depend on how I’m feeling. Right now I’m feeling pretty good.
Q: Were you taking them at full speed yesterday?
A: I wouldn’t say it was full speed. It was fairly light. It was just good to be out there taking ground balls with the guys. I forgot how much fun it is to take ground balls.
Q: So how much discomfort do you feel in the knee right now?
A: Not much. There’s a little discomfort, but that’s a part of the whole process. Last year when I started taking ground balls, it was a little uncomfortable as well, but the more I did it, the better I became at it.
Q: Can you run at game speed?
A: Again, that’s a progression to work toward. I was doing some long striders, pushing the pace a little bit. Not quite 100 percent but close to it.
Q: When you leave for Florida it’ll still be to play in games?
Q: Will you want to be pain free at that point?
A: Ideally, it would great to be. But over the past year or so I know what pain, the pain threshold I can play at. And right now I’m in the good zone.
Q: Is it a quick process once you begin taking grounders to getting to Florida?
A: I wish I could tell you, obviously the better I feel, the shorter it will take. But it’s still going to take a little time to get to game speed, obviously.
Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here! Here are our upcoming book signings:
- June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
- June 16: Barnes & Noble, Wilmington, Del, 2 p.m.