Cole Kimball reappeared in the Nationals clubhouse for the first time since he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He had his arm in a sling and unfortunate, but unsurprising, news to report: Kimball will be ready in the majors again, at the earliest, by the 2012 all-star break.
“My spring training will probably be pushed back a month and a half, two months past everybody else’s,” Kimball said.
Kimball will wear the sling for his arm another four weeks, and “I hope I don’t go too crazy,” he said.
Kimball first began feeling pain in his shoulder at the outset of the season, when he pitched in Class AAA Syracuse. He pitched through it until the start of June, when he felt no strength in his shoulder after an outing in San Diego. Despite pitching through arm trouble that led to major surgery, Kimball had no regrets.
“No, because I didn’t know if it was going to get better or not,” Kimball said. “I didn’t know if it was going to get worse or not. It was pretty steady the whole time. For most people, a little bit of pain comes with the territory, and you just deal with it. I had never hurt my arm before, so I didn’t really know what was going on. It ends up happening the way it did, and I wouldn’t change anything. I always thought of myself as a reliable guy as far as durability. I feel like what I did was what anybody would do. Unfortunately, it happened the way it did.”