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Q&A with Corey Coles
Corey Coles: My day it's not too different from everyone else. Before we go out I do some more preparation for my shoulder, heat it up, loosen it up, throw and stretch. I usually throw with the other rehab guys. After that I'll do my real rehab work out.
Inside Pitch: What exactly does your rehab entail? What is the focus of your rehab?
Coles: Mainly I focus on getting my range of motion where I need it to be. When I'm throwing, I concentrate on my mechanics, basically learning how to throw again.
Inside Pitch: Is the strength in your arm returning?
Coles: My arm is strong now. I've been working on it since last October. I got here three and a half weeks ago and we went right to work on it. It's been good, the power is coming back. We actually had to scale it back a little so we didn't over do it. It's pretty much where I need to be, just need to strengthen my throwing.
Inside Pitch: Shoulder injuries can be very scary for young players, are you confident you would get it back to where it was and where you need it to be?
Coles: Yea I was confident about it. I heard about other guys having the same surgery and what it took for them to make it back. This was my second one, I knew what to expect I guess. I bust my butt everyday trying regain strength and motion because I want to play everyday eventually.
Inside Pitch: Have the coaches or trainers restricted you at all?
Coles: I'm on a strict throwing program. I'm throwing four or five days a week at certain distances, I'm not going over that. I'm hitting three to five days a week, certain amount of swings. They are being careful to not let me over do it.
Inside Pitch: What do you think camp is like for the young guys experiencing their first one?
Coles: I think a lot of them come in not knowing what to expect, just like I did. I think my favorite question of theirs is "Do we get any days off?". They come in fresh, not knowing a lot about what goes on. You can pick them out of the clubhouse.
Inside Pitch: Who do you think is ready for a break out year?
Coles: I think Shane Hawk will have a solid year no matter where he starts. I heard he's a little banged up now, but if he can stay healthy, he'll have a strong year.
Inside Pitch: Where do you think your game needs to go from here? What do you look to evolve in your offensive game?
Coles: I want to steal more bases, that is one of my goals. I'm trying to keep my batting average around .300, my on-base percentage around .400. I did a lot better at getting walked last year, I'd like to keep improving that. I want to keep getting more walks than strikeouts.
Inside Pitch: What have learned about this game and what it takes to move up in the system?
Coles: I think you need to patient. You don't want to have a good half season and than expect to move up. You can't down on yourself if you don't get moved up at a time you think you should. All we can do is work on our game. We all have roles in this system and players need to play within them.
Inside Pitch: To give our fans a better idea of the type of player you are, who would you compare your game to at the Major League level and why?
Coles: I'd say Johnny Damon or Scott Podsednik. I'm not a real power guy, but I lead off, get on base, hit some doubles, and steal bases.
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