Long time coming…
Well since I last wrote a lot has happened… I went to Japan, I came back, played NPF season, got hurt, and have now been in one city since the end of August. I’ll start by catching everyone up to speed.
The first half of Japan season wasn’t as successful as I would like it to be, but I did enjoy being over there. It was very interesting to live in another culture for so long. By the end of the first half of season, I was getting accustom to life there, but I was also itching to get home.
I returned to the States, and competed in our NPF season with the Pride. Again, my pitching wasn’t as consistent or as good so I am accustomed too. I kept working through it, trying to figure out if it were mechanical or just old age setting in. It was a challenege to work through, but towards the end I was feeling slightly better, but then I became injured. In the championship series I was pitching, and the best way to describe what happened was I felt something pull tightly in my arm, and even after a few minutes it was still throbbing.
After season ended, I came home to Austin to start to figure out what was wrong with my arm. After MRIs came back negative, I went up to Dallas to a specialist. Without hesitation he diagnosed me with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The simple way to explain it is that pressure has built up around my nerve bundle causing my nerves to not fire correctly. After talking with the specilist, this explains why I was having so many problems with my arm over the last 8-10 months. It explains why I couldn’t feel some things in my arm, and why I was always aching or in some sort of pain/soreness. The treatment for TOS is daily rehab or surgery. We are attempting to resolve this through rehab, but we’ll have to wait and see how it responds.
Because both of the doctors I saw said not to throw for 6-8 weeks, I was unable to return to Japan for the second half of season. Toyota Shokki still made the playoffs, and finished 3rd! They had a great run!
Since NPF ended, I have been back in the Austin area working at St. Edwards. I am happy to say that I do still have a passion to coach, which excites me. We have a solid team, and my good friend/boss Lindsay Gardner and I have big visions for what lies ahead.
In the time I have been home, I witnessed the huge wildfire that swept across Bastrop State Park, and devastated our community. I grew up in the suburbs of Houston, so life in smaller towns is an eye opening experience to me, but it was so touching to see how an absolutely devastating situation caused so many to come together. It motivates me to get involved and help out.
Odds and ends… since the fire displaced many, I rescued a dog that needed a home. Ember is a collie/golden/Catahoula mix. She has way too much energy, but is absolutely adorable! I’m training for a half marathon. It’s a new challenge that keeps my competitiveness flowing.
That’s all for now… check back soon.