In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday morning, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland is showing the world that he’s working his way back from a shoulder strain suffered during spring training.
Freeland was pushed to the injured list to begin the 2021 campaign after straining his pitching shoulder during a spring training contest against the Oakland A’s on March 23. At the time, the injury looked worse than it is turning out to be, thankfully for the Rockies. You can see the video of the moment the injury occurred here.
After initial worries and imaging, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black announced that Freeland would be out of action for “at least a month.” Since then, the updates have included that Freeland’s progress was being cautiously monitored.
With the Rockies in San Francisco for the first road series of the season, Freeland posted a video of him doing throwing from a distance with a caption of “OTW,” likely meaning “on the way.” The video is encouraging news for Freeland’s potential quicker timeline for a return.
Here is the video of Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland throwing as he battles to return from his shoulder injury.
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While there is still no exact timeline for Freeland’s return, the video is certainly encouraging news for the southpaw who was expected to be a key piece of the Colorado rotation in 2021.
Without Freeland, the Rockies rotation has performed well during Colorado’s 3-6 start, particularly during the second turn through the rotation. German Marquez is slated to pitch the final game of the three-game series in San Francisco before the Rockies have an off day and, on Tuesday, kick off a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
We will be on with Rockies manager Bud Black before and after the series finale in San Francisco, and will bring you any updates on Freeland’s status when they become available.
UPDATE: Black said that “we’ve all been encouraged by the progress he’s made over the last couple of weeks.” Black said that it has taken a lot of physical therapy and strengthening exercises to get Freeland to “where he has a ball in his hand and he’s playing catch.”
Black also said the progression would continue “as long as Kyle feels good” and “checks off the boxes through this rehab process.”