Rehabbing Proctor roughed up in one-inning “start”

Viera, Fla. – He’s a month ahead of schedule in his return from elbow surgery, but Scott Proctor refuses to use it as an excuse for anything.

The veteran reliever gave up three runs, two hits and a walk before recording the first out of the Braves’ 9-3 loss against the Washington Nationals Sunday at Space Coast Stadium.

“It’s kind of weird now, sometimes your rhythm gets off,” said Proctor, who allowed a single, a walk and Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer in the first inning, then retired the next three batters including one strikeout.

“Today was one of those days where you battle,” he said. “But you’re going to have those during the season. Surgery is no excuse at this point.”

Proctor pitched the first inning after the Braves, thinking the game might get rained out, moved starter Tommy Hanson to a morning minor league game.

As it happened, the full nine innings were completed an hour before thunderstorms and heavy rain arrived.

After Proctor and bullpen candidate Jesse Chavez each gave up three runs in one inning apiece, recent roster cuts Mariano Gomez and Erik Cordier combined for six relief innings including four scoreless innings by Cordier.

Manager Bobby Cox was appraising Proctor’s performance when he made a sequeway into a defense of Chavez, the right-hander who has an 18.00 ERA in seven appearances and has allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 1-1/3 innings of his past two games.

“Proctor was OK,” Cox said. “This field is so tough, it’s like lightning on the ground. But he threw good. His arm strength and everything was good again.

“Chavez was victimized the same way — bunts, the little ground balls… I think he’s thrown better the last two times out. He’s given up a ton of runs, but he’s throwing strikes.

“He’s throwing better. Believe it or not, with the stats — if you’re going to look at them, you’d say ‘you’re nuts.’ But he’s throwing much better. He’s in the strike zone better.”

Proctor, at 33, has made a smooth recovery from ligament-transplant elbow surgery and will be counted on by the Braves. But it’s been under two weeks since he returned to game action.

It’s likely he will spend at least a couple of weeks at Class AAA Gwinnett in April before he’s added to the Braves’ 25-man roster.

“I’m 100-percent sure his arm is healthy,” Cox said. “Whether it’s strong enough to go back-to-back and off a day and pitch again … we’ll see.”

Cordier, dropped in the first round of roster cuts, came from minor league camp Sunday and made a strong impression while allowing just two hits in four scoreless innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.

“Cordier’s the one that’s really made a makeover with Roger [McDowell],” Cox said of the right-hander’s recent work with the pitching coach. “He’s throwing all strikes. God, he was impressive. He really was. His control is so much better.”

Before he was dropped from the roster, Cordier pitched in two games and allowed no hits and two walks with one strikeout in two scoreless innings. He has six scoreless innings with four hits allowed in three Grapefruit League appearances.

Cordier, 24, was 7-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 25 starts at Class A Myrtle Beach in 2009, where he had an alarming 74 walks with 88 strikeouts in 121 innings.

36 comments Add your comment

DB Cooper

March 28th, 2010
6:42 pm

bet you are ready to come north. leave now be 1st

barney strickland

March 28th, 2010
6:49 pm

Whatsup with Schultz? I love giving you sports hacks lotsa Sh*t and P*ssing U off…. but really…. I hope he’s OK. All this buyout talk has got me nervous. Let’s face it… Terrence Moore sucked, was contrversial, under-informed and talked out his AZZ. He was a good one to send packing.. but not Schultz.

Michael Ruffin

March 28th, 2010
7:17 pm

Dave, what’s your best guess on who will fill the final bullpen spots for the Braves? It doesn’t look like anyone is exactly stepping up to claim them.

san diego steve

March 28th, 2010
7:41 pm

wasn’t it always planned to have proctor start the season at Gwinnett and have him in the ATL by June or later?

Doc Holiday

March 28th, 2010
8:33 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
need to talk baseball
1 week…………

BraveMan

March 28th, 2010
8:49 pm

so sick of spring training… ready for the real opener!!!

Braves Forever

March 28th, 2010
9:01 pm

Wow, Schultz is going, going, or gone…..That’s awesome!!!

Doc Holiday

March 28th, 2010
9:06 pm

Just a week, brave man……….we are all gonna go wild.

Branch Rickey

March 28th, 2010
9:57 pm

Please tell me Chavez won’t be on the Opening Day roster ! Bobby Cox said he was a victim today. Bobby must be hallucinating.

Johnboy

March 28th, 2010
10:04 pm

DOB Dis you ever check out “Sermon on the Mound” http://www.folkmusic.com Please contact me to discuss the show on wed. nite.

Johnboy

March 28th, 2010
10:05 pm

Whoops, DID you ever…

Doc Holiday

March 28th, 2010
10:15 pm

Branch, even if chavez is in the roster, he will not pitch, remember bobby just uses 4 relievers and the rest are just “braves fans”

Baba O'Riley

March 29th, 2010
6:23 am

Doc Holiday- Bobby uses relievers he can trust. It’s not an indictment on Bobby, but on those relievers that SUCK

cookieman

March 29th, 2010
7:42 am

Hope schultz is gone.He has added his political views in his columns and that has no place in sport pages.

leland

March 29th, 2010
8:28 am

Sco-Pro didn’t do too good, but Bo-Co stood up for him. What did J-Hey do? That twenty-year-old rookie phenom? And where was his mama and daddy? What about Bo-Co’s mama and daddy? And yours?

mccannfan

March 29th, 2010
9:01 am

will continue to hope Proctor improves………BUT IN THE MEANTIME, will someone tell me why Heyward who supossedly prepares has to sit out a game because of SHIN SPINTS??? I mean, I used to run and shin splints most often come because you haven’t prepared, stretched, and exercised that area. but it seems ludicrous that a baseball player has SHIN SPLINTS? but then, it could be he still has some aging to do.
BUT SHIN SPLINTS?????????????
I dont’ get it and I have been very active over time and never heard of this ailment in a baseball player, so I need some educating. Now, educating; not some smart butt answers, okay? ;0

TROTTINGHOME

March 29th, 2010
9:12 am

sports is political…and anytime is a good time to say what u should…truth, hopefully

TROTTINGHOME

March 29th, 2010
9:14 am

mccannfan and leland…some of the worst comments on DOB blog ever.

Scott

March 29th, 2010
9:27 am

“Segue.”

mccannfan

March 29th, 2010
9:44 am

trotting home……..what I wrote was a legitimate question. am sorry if the style offended you but questions are alllowed. Evidently you know nothing about shin splints or you would have given an educated answer rather than a mud throwing one.
I said nothing about Heywards mom or dad, or family.;;;from what I have read they are great people who have given the world a great baseball young man BUT I still have the right to ask how an athlete, esp. a baseball player, can have shin splints.
maybe DOB

mccannfan

March 29th, 2010
9:45 am

maybe DOB can give me an intelligent, fact base answer. would be nice

ugaaccountant

March 29th, 2010
10:19 am

mccannfan – I’m no doctor, and I’m not expecting one to pop on anytime soon, so here’s my guess. He’s a 250 pound beast running hard every day. My guess is that 250 pounds puts alot of pressure on the body. He’ll have great team doctors developing programs for him that will make this work for him.

mccannfan

March 29th, 2010
11:08 am

UGAAacountant……..thank you so much!!!!! You told me what I needed to know
and I should have known an UGA person would be the one to give the answer,. University of Georgia people are just downright smart, right? you bet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
True, Heyward is one big guy but now he will have professionals help him NOT have shin splints.
I really am excited about watching him play AND ALL the Braves
GO BRAVES

dogsbrekky

March 29th, 2010
11:15 am

SHIN-SPLINTS can be a problem for those running on harrd surfaces… they should keep the kid’s running work limited to grass or NOT at all.. for aerobic stuff they can get him to do low impact stuff..
but it is probably just a translation of general leg soreness etc

TROTTINGHOME

March 29th, 2010
11:19 am

mccannfan- i know about shin splints…cause i had them.

and u didn’t offend me..i was only appalled at ur lack of ability to google ’shin splint ‘ and then use ur intuition on how it might be possible for someone to get shin splints…yes even a baseball player.

TROTTINGHOME

March 29th, 2010
11:21 am

oh yea…maccannfan ….you sound like a very nice person…in a gayish kind of way.

White Mike

March 29th, 2010
11:40 am

He’s getting shin splints because he’s running higher mileage in the past few weeks than he ran in the months before.
Shin Splints come when you increase your mileage too rapidly. I only increase my mileage about 10-15 percent per week if I’m training for a run. The rest of the time I keep it pretty level.
If I had to make an ‘educated’ guess, I would say Heyward is a Gym Rat and Treadmill user who relaxed his legs in the offseason and didn’t hit the pavement or solid ground enough. And, now that he’s logging in sprints and runs on and off the field his legs are just adjusting.

Unknown Hinson

March 29th, 2010
11:53 am

Anyone go to the open house this past Saturday? I wonder how it was?

Clay

March 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

Chipper won’t have to worry about shin splints. You can’t get them deer hunting and he never runs playing baseball, even at $80,000 per game.

knarf

March 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

“sequeway”

really?

Brian D Hypes

March 29th, 2010
12:35 pm

What become of the catcher J.R.House?Is he still in The Braves organization? Let’s go Mountaineers!!

VP

March 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

The AJC says that the Braves next game is against the Tigers on ESPN. Why i am getting a Cardinals game on ESPN?

mccannfan

March 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

oh yea…maccannfan ….you sound like a very nice person…in a gayish kind of way.

sorry to disappont you, Trottinghome.
am just a down home kind of guy who has done alot of track, then as aged, did jogging.

hmmmmmmmmmm….you must be a very nice person…in a backwoods kind of way.

rick11p

March 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Im old, but I never thought Id see the day when star athletes should be restricted to running “only on grass”. Let alone a baseball player

Im hoping you meant until healed

Mama Cox

March 29th, 2010
4:56 pm

I am in mid season form already. Mama loves Jesse and Mama loves Scott and they love Mama. Mama’s boys can do no wrong.

TROTTINGHOME

March 29th, 2010
10:16 pm

i really don’t care what u did in your life mccannfan or what ur doing now just got the feeling you are not on task.

and i ain’t no fan of yours

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