Redfield's Replays: July 24
WILES HEADS BACK TO HICKORY CRAWDADS
Blue Valley West graduate Collin Wiles is back in Hickory, N.C., after spending almost two months recovering from an injured pitching elbow.
Wiles was the 53rd player drafted in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers.
The injury started in early May with the Hickory Crawdads.
“I felt kind of a weird pain in my elbow when I threw a change up playing catch,” he says. “It was on the bottom of the elbow so I wasn’t worried about because the UCL (ultra collateral ligament) is more towards the top of the elbow, so I was unsure of what it was.”
The UCL injuries usually result in what is called Tommy John surgery. This particular injury has resulted in a number of professional pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery this year.
“I went into my trainer and he did some tests and ultimately decided to get an MRI which came back negative,” the right-handed pitcher says. “It revealed that I just had some inflammation which was causing a pinch every time my arm pronated.”
He rehabbed for a week in Hickory before being sent to the Rangers’ spring training site in Surprise, Ariz.
“They had me rest and then I started my throwing program and playing catch,” he says.
He pitched in three games for the Arizona Rookie League team in Surprise before being sent back to Hickory.
The time away from pitching wasn’t an easy time for the former Jaguar.
“Being in rehab has re-taught me how great the game of baseball is,” he says. “I missed pitching in games every single day, but I knew that the harder I worked in rehab, the sooner I would be back.
“I was very confident in the program. I have put in a lot of hard work to come back and be better that I was in the early season.”
He pitched two innings on July 20 for the Crawdads, allowing just one hit.
ADAM MOVES TO OMAHA
Blue Valley Northwest graduate right-handed pitcher Jason Adam was moved by the Kansas City Royals from AA Northwest Arkansas to AAA Omaha last week.
Adam was drafted by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player draft.
He is in his fourth year in the minor leagues.
Adam didn’t give up a run in his last 14 innings of work for Northern Arkansas. He fanned 13 and walked just four.
He is slated for relief duty for AAA Omaha.
And the next step up would be a call up by the Kansas City Royals.
STANEK BACK PITCHING AGAIN
Right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek helped Blue Valley to the Class 6A state baseball title in 2010.
He was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Mariners, but he opted to attend Arkansas.
The pitcher did well at Arkansas, winning a game in the 2013 College World Series in Omaha.
He was the 29th player taken in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
He was unable to pitch in the 2013 professional baseball season because of an injury.
The 6-foot, 4-inch pitcher had surgery on his right hip labrum in December and missed most of the first half of the 2014 minor league season.
He joined Bowling Green in the Low A Midwest League and moved up to the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the High A Florida State League in early July.
Stanek has a combined 4-5 record with an earned run average of 4.04. He has struck out 49 and just walked 17.