Wright Still Is Hoping for A Comeback

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 1, 2007

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 31 -- Jaret Wright has been taught that you don't leave a game unless you absolutely must, even if your fastball has diminished into the high 70s, even if your arm is about to fall off.

"I've had it fall off four times," Wright said.

The last time came April 29, when Wright left a start for the Baltimore Orioles in Cleveland after three innings and, for the fourth time, thought his career was over. But after the initial shock -- and a report that his father, Clyde, said his son likely would retire -- Wright still is rehabbing his sore right shoulder and trying to return this season.

Wright, who lives in Newport Beach, Calif., visited the Orioles on Thursday, and he'll be with the team for every game of this four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.

"Anytime you get hurt, you think about what's going to happen," Wright said. "You always think of: 'Can I come back? Will I come back?' It's definitely crossed my mind. That's all, initially, what happens. All the stuff of when you get hurt, it all comes into your head. And then you try to get a plan and figure things out."

The plan for now is to continue his rehab until he can begin a throwing program. Wright hopes to start throwing in four weeks, but he called the estimate a "gut feeling."

"The way I look at it, I'm doing everything I can do to pitch again," Wright said. "I really can't sit here and say I'm confident I'll throw again. I don't think anybody knows that. But I'm doing everything I can to throw again.

"I still want to play really badly. As far as motivation, you have the whole rest of your life to be at home and hang out with the family. It's not that you don't like it, but being on borrowed time with how long your career goes, you want to get everything you can out of it."

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