BRADENTON (93.7 The FAN) - The road back from Tommy John surgery is a long one, and Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl is just about at the finish line.
Having missed the entire 2019 season as he recovered from Tommy John, Kuhl is in spring training and ready to go.
"Last year, we were looking a littler different," Kuhl said. "Just started to begin playing catch I think February 11th...to be able to come out here and basically be full go, a complete 180, it feels great."
Part of coming back from Tommy John is getting used to the new normal as a pitcher and how your arm feels, and Kuhl admitted he has talked to Jameson Taillon, who has undergone two Tommy John surgeries now, about getting back out there.
"It's definitely a different feeling. I talked to Jamo a bunch about this. I don't think it'll ever feel the same again. It's a new type of feeling, it's getting used to all these new stresses again, throwing a breaking ball, throwing a slider, throwing a changeup, getting used to all these things, stressing the elbow again. But we're coming back and we're trying to come back healthy and with a clean throwing motion."
Kuhl sounds grateful just to be at this point again, but the next question is whether he'll be throwing the ball as a starter or reliever.
"It's definitely out of my control. My plan is to always prepare to be a starter until I'm told otherwise."
Click the audio link below to hear more from Kuhl including his thoughts on new pitching coach Oscar Marin.