Gee, sounds positive...
He goes nicely with the rest of my staff: Peavy, Pettitte, Davis and Lowry
Escobar to play through pain
By Doug Padilla Staff Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kelvim Escobar will return to the mound tonight resigned to the fact he will pitch with varying degrees of pain for the rest of the season.
Escobar, who just completed a stint on the disabled list because of elbow tendinitis, said he typically feels a pinch in the back of his right elbow while on the mound. It happens mostly when he throws fastballs and sliders.
"It feels kind of like last year," said Escobar, who had surgery last season to shave down a bone spur and remove a bone chip. "It's something that's not going to go away.
"It's not going to be 100 percent. That's normal from having a bone spur removed last year."
The right-hander figures he won't get complete relief until he takes time off this off-season.
Escobar admitted that his velocity is slightly down this season and his breaking balls aren't as crisp as they have been in the past.
"I know I can pitch without my velocity," Escobar said. "As long as I don't feel pain I can deal with that. One thing is if you feel pain when you throw you'll have it in your mind.
"You're not going to be be able to stay focused and make pitches."
Taking the last two weeks off might be what Escobar needed to get through the remainder of the season.
"It doesn't scare me because it's 99 percent better from last year," he said. "Maybe it's scar tissue. As long as it's not my ligament, I'm not worried about it."
Manager Mike Scioscia said Escobar will not have any restrictions when he pitches tonight, although Escobar said his elbow pain typically gets intense when he hits the 100-pitch mark.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax