INDIANAPOLIS – After landing on the DL just nine pitches into the season with a shoulder injury, Trevor Williams has moved from throwing on flat ground, to throwing a few bullpen sessions recently. His next step will be pitching a simulated game on Friday.
The time on the DL has been frustrating for the right-hander, but he said that the shoulder is progressing and getting healthy is the most important thing.
“[The shoulder] feels good so far,” Williams said. “It is progressing nicely and every day has been better. I am just getting the arm strength back and building back up.”
Williams told me the day after the injury that there was no structural damage to the shoulder, and it was more of a soreness, but he still went on the DL on April 16. It is unclear exactly how many pitches Williams will throw in the simulated game in Indianapolis and how many he will throw before returning to game action, but he is pleased with the progress.
“If all goes well, it will be another step in the right direction,” Williams said.
This is the first significant downtime for Williams, who was acquired from the Marlins in the off-season. He said that it is made even tougher by seeing the success all of the Indianapolis starters are having.
“I have never had a significant DL time and it is kind of tough in a sense of not really helping the team out,” Williams said. “It is awesome seeing the starting rotation do well right now. I just can’t wait to get back in the rotation and kill it with them. What they have been doing is contagious with one good start after another and there has been so much competition since Spring Training for spots. We are feeding off each other’s starts and that is what I miss.”
When Williams returns to action, it will be the first time that the five pitching prospects have been together in the Indianapolis rotation. Chad Kuhl started the season in Extended Spring Training and was not present when Williams was injured. The move will likely also mean that Wilfredo Boscan moves to the bullpen as the odd man out.