Nats' Shawn Hill on Winter Rehab
A couple people brought up Shawn Hill's rehab in comments yesterday, which turned out to be a particularly fortuitous concern. Why? Because the recovering starter called in to MASN's Hot Stove show last night to address his road toward a comeback from surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow and his winter training approach.
Here's the highlights from Hill, who called in from Toronto, where he was visiting family for the winter holidays (he lives in Florida the rest of the year):
-- According to Hill, his rehab has been going well, but that may be because it's consisted mostly of rest rather than the active rehab he's been put through in past years (after Tommy John surgery, et. al).
-- He is working out, and he's been lifting weights but has stuck to light weights rather than a more traditional strength building routine.
-- Most importantly, Hill says he's been throwing for four weeks without any adverse side effects (go ahead and take a deep breath Nats fans. That's an early bullet dodged).
-- Despite less throwing than in some of his past rehabilitation efforts, Hill seemed fairly upbeat about his progress. Why? "I'm trying to stay away from the monotonous throwing programs (i.e., 20 tosses a day, etc.). They're just the worst."
-- So why did the Nats have such a hard time figuring out what was wrong with Hill? According to the starter, it came down to the MRI and its inability to detect contrast within his arm tendons. Evidently it's not that uncommon for pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery in the past, because it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate between collateral damage from past surgeries and damage from a more recent injury.
-- The best sign of all for Hill's health: During the surgery, Dr. James Andrews tested Hill's UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) and reported that it was completely healthy, indicating a decisive improvement over prior injuries.
-- And how does Hill feel about coming into the season with doubts about his availability and whether he'll be able to perform? Let's let him speak for himself:
"If I'm healthy and I can come out and put up the numbers I'm capable of, everything will fall into place. (The doubts) give me a little more motivation."
All of that news should be good for Nats fans, who can only hope they get the Shawn Hill of 2007 in 2009.
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