Tommy John. Everyone has heard this name thrown around too many times to count. If you haven’t, welcome to 2010; It’s only one of the most common surgeries amongst pitchers. As of Wednesday, August 18, 2010, it looks like I’ve added my name to that long list. Not exactly where I pictured myself a little over 4 years ago when I began my professional career, but regardless, here I am about to go down this road. The goal: come out on the other side better, stronger, faster and ready to dominate in the game of baseball. So, what’s the point? You’re coming with me, if you dare. Yeah that’s right, this is a tell all. The good, the bad and the crazy. I’m Kris Medlen and this is my road to recovery.

Friday, August 27, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Week 1-Entry 1

8 days today. It feels like it’s been a month since my surgery. This has been the longest week of my life. I am a high-energy type of guy. I am used to always doing something, staying busy and most of all, playing baseball. I guess I have to adjust to a whole lot of nothing whether I like it or not. My life is not near as exciting as it was 2 weeks ago. It’s basically been a whole lot of laying around.

I look like a mummy…. And I could smell like one too. Can’t get the arm and leg wet yet. Have you ever tried to shower without getting your right arm and left leg wet??? I won’t go into to many details, but the kitchen sink is good for more than just washing dishes!

The pain is surprisingly not too bad. Not in my arm anyways. Maybe it’s because I can’t really move it. What does hurt is my knee and leg! It’s a weird pain in my left leg, kinda numb down the shin and around my ankle. Other guys say it’s normal and so does the doctor. Something about the nerves taking time to recovery from the surgery too.

One of the hardest things is that for the first time in a long time I can’t be with my team and hang out with my teammates. I know that I will be able to soon enough, but I guess it is true: you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. I would even go through hazing again and wear a “My Little Pony” backpack to be sitting back in the bullpen, on the bench in the dugout or hanging out in the locker room. Soon enough.

Soon, I get to take of this soft cast and start doing full arm exercises. The Physical Trainer, Lloyd, and I will be spending a lot of time together. I’m sure I will be talking about more of that soon. I am ready to start this rehab and get back to playing. These weeks and months without playing ball are weeks and months too long. I was ready last week to be back.

The one good thing about having surgery, is all of the great food. Homemade food from friends and I have to give it up to Jordan over at the Palm restaurant for hooking me up. PF Changs was awesome too! Thanks to all of you guys!

I might post some pictures of this scar pretty soon…