Orioles: Ray's rebound
Reliever Chris Ray looked very good on the practice mound yesterday, but maybe it's more important how good he felt today when he woke up. He said his arm feels great and he's very happy with the results of his surgery and rehab.
"I had already thrown about 12 bullpens before yesterday,'' he said. "Everything feels great."
Of course, he was pitching at the end of last year, so it's no surprise that he's throwing without restriction now. He probably could have come off his rehab assignment to pitch last September, but the club slow-played him to make sure he would be in optimum shape -- both physically and mentally -- this season.
"I probably could have pitched, but I didn't think my command was as good as it could have been,'' Ray said, "The last thing you want to do is go out there and get hit around at the end of the year."
So he's been chomping at the bit to get here this spring.
"This offseason felt like forever,'' Ray said. "Usually, players talk about how it seems too short, but it felt like it would never end."
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