Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, who has appeared in more games for the Double-A Bowie Baysox, than any other person in that affiliate’s history, was in Bowie this week as part of an injury rehab assignment.
No big leaguer likes to be sent back to the minors. Especially under these circumstances – Joseph required testicular surgery on May 30 after taking a foul tip to the groin. He’s cleared to do everything but catch in a game, and that clearance come Sunday or Monday.
But Joseph, the ultimate baseball rat, is embracing his time back in Bowie, where he spent four seasons and compiled 428 games.
In this week’s “Minor League Podcast with Adam Pohl,” Joseph jokes that he’s hoping to pad his Bowie games total (Garabez Rosa is closing in on his record) while rehabbing.
Joseph also talks to Pohl, the play-by-play announcer for the Baysox, about his hope to someday play in the majors with his younger brother, Corban, who was with the Baysox earlier this year but is now at Triple-A Norfolk.
With a sharp wit, Joseph is one of the better interviews in baseball, so it’s always enjoyable to hear his point of view. But the second part of this podcast is particularly intriguing to me.
Pohl chats with right-handed pitcher Branden Kline, the Frederick, Md., native whom the Orioles selected in the second round of the 2012 draft out of the University of Virginia.
Kline, 24, underwent elbow (Tommy John) surgery in October and is currently going through the rehabbing process at the organization’s minor league facility in Sarasota, Fla. His rehab has advanced to the point that he was supposed to throw a bullpen from flat ground Wednesday and his hope is that he’ll be ready to be a full-go for spring training in 2017.
Tommy John surgery has become commonplace with professional pitchers, but Pohl asks Kline to give us a more detailed look at his rehabilitation, including the schedule he now keeps.
It’s interesting stuff, trust me.
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