• Catching Up With Everyday Scottie Proctor

    Posted by on February 26th, 2010 · Comments (6)

    Via David O’Brien

    Scott Proctor is ahead of schedule in his return from elbow surgery, and the Braves think the tough-minded setup man could be ready in April.

    “I feel great,” said Proctor, 33, less than 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery and already throwing full bullpen sessions. “I haven’t felt this good since high school.”

    Manager Bobby Cox said. “He’s really coming and just has to build up arm strength. I think his first [game] appearance will be in the middle of March. He’s not far off.”

    Proctor was one of the best relievers in baseball when he churned out consecutive 83-appearance seasons in 2006 and 2007. He had a 3.52 ERA with 89 strikeouts in a whopping 102-1/3 innings for manager Joe Torre’s New York Yankees in 2006.

    Despite injuring his elbow during 2008 spring training with Torre’s Dodgers, Proctor still made 41 appearances around a midseason stint on the disabled list. He had a 6.82 ERA in 33 games before pain forced him to the DL.

    Proctor signed with Florida and hurt his elbow again in 2009 spring training, requiring ligament-transplant surgery that ended his season before it began.

    “I came into [Marlins] camp and it was feeling good. But something went wrong,” he said. “And when they went in they found that my ligament — the term [Dr. James] Andrews used was that it was yellow mush. It was pretty much non-existent.

    “The way I look at it now, I’ve got a rebuilt engine and a brand-new transmission. So I’m good to go.”

    …my ligament…was yellow mush…

    Yikes. Did he send Torre the bill for that one?

    Proctor had a heckuva year in 2006 for the Yankees. But, much like George Frazier in the 1980’s, it ended bad for him in Yankeeland. In any event, I always liked the guy and wish him well in this comeback attempt. He’s already cleared one hurdle. And, it would be nice to see him get past this one too.

    Comments on Catching Up With Everyday Scottie Proctor

    1. jay
      February 27th, 2010 | 8:24 am

      I know this isn’t for this thread, but the comments in the other thread are closed. Just wanted to make sure it’s known that the ‘jay’ from that twitter comment is not me. I don’t even think I commented on that original post.

    2. jay
      February 27th, 2010 | 9:51 am

      Actually, it looks like that guy commented here. Nevermind.

    3. February 27th, 2010 | 9:57 am

      @ jay: No sweat. Thanks to registration requirements to post comments here, and that IPs are tracked for every comment, I pretty much know who’s who. Never thought for a second that you were him.

    4. 77yankees
      February 27th, 2010 | 12:58 pm

      I remember reading last year Scottie admitted to having some alcohol issues when he was a Yankee as well.

      Question, is, what was in Torre’s tea that made him constantly bring Proctor in to pitch the 9th inning of those 9-1 games?

    5. redbug
      February 28th, 2010 | 6:46 am

      @ 77yankees:

      Joe had no one he felt as confident in as he did Proctor. That BP was a mess.

    6. Raf
      February 28th, 2010 | 8:19 am

      Just about every manager has their “favorite toy” in a bullpen. Proctor was Torre’s. I don’t agree that Torre was the reason for Proctor’s arm trouble, though.

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