Posted 08 July 2014 - 05:55 PM
I'm actually kind of surprised by this. He's a special talent, so by all means do whatever is necessary to bring him back to full health and confidence, even if that means a slower than wished for rehab. I just thought for sure he'd get some late season game action as a DH solely, just to get some timing back and game experience.
Let's assume the rehab goes as planned, everything is fine, there are no set backs that could slow his progress. And while there may be rust, and full strength in his very strong arm may take a little while to return 100%, where does he target to open next season?
Personally, while the results and overall play and production were very positive at New Britain last season, I don't think we can say he mastered the level yet. I know BA alone isn't a sole qualifier by itself, and he didn't have a healthy ST to show how ready he might have been to try out AAA, but I was initially expecting a return to AA for a month or so before promotion. Even with a strong rehab, with time missed, does he now begin 2015 at Ft Myers? Does he drop all the way to CR to work on timing for a few weeks, then FTM, before a mid-ish season promotion again? Purely speculation at this point, of course.
"Nice catch Hayes...don't ever f*****g do it again."