After originally aggravating his shoulder back in July, the Blue Jays were hoping that the off-season would give Richmond ample time to heal his shoulder and put him back in fine form to compete for one of the coveted positions on the Blue Jays roster.
Richmond broke out of the gate like Seabiscuit, capturing the "Rookie of the Month" award last April thanks to his Cinderella start to the season. The future remains bright for him, but unfortunately this unexpected shoulder impingement will temporarily hinder Richmond's road to recovery.
Despite this setback, Scott is still optimistic and hopeful that he will eventually return to being 100 percent. I was fortunate enough to have the chance to quickly speak to Scott and ask him about the status of his injury:
"I've been throwing 60 feet pain free and gradually increasing the distance as the arm and body allow. I will be at spring training rehabbing and working extremely hard on my exercises to strengthen my shoulder. Timetable for my return to the mound is unclear."Obviously at this point, Scott couldn't give an exact time for when he will be fully recovered, but as seen in the photo below, just like the rest of the pitching staff, he's in Dunedin preparing and rehabbing his shoulder and hoping to be back soon.
After all, this isn't the first time he has overcome adversity when the odds were stacked against him ... I guess that's why the Richmond family motto is "Resolve Well and Persevere".