It’s mid-January. The World Series ended a little more than 10 weeks ago. Pitchers and catcher report to spring training in a month.
“It’s time to start throwing,” Dave Robertson said.
Over the weekend, Brett Gardner explained a bit about his offseason schedule, saying he’s started getting into the batting cage on a regular basis. The same is basically true for pitchers.
“(Spring training) is a little later than last year, so I wait a little bit longer before I start throwing,” Robertson said. “… January would be my guess (for when most pitchers begin throwing). Some of them probably throw before then. It all depends on how your body feels.”
Just like Gardner, Robertson said he started lifting in mid-December. He took a few weeks off, then went to work keeping himself in shape. “Make sure you don’t get lazy,” he said. Now is the time to start throwing, but not off a mound just yet.
“I just toss, just loosen it up,” Robertson said. “After a week, loosen it up and stretch back a little farther.”
By the time he gets to spring training, Robertson expects to have thrown off a mound a few times. He’ll be ready to throw a full bullpen by the time camp opens in February. A lot of his early sessions will primarily focus on fastballs, but Robertson said he’ll begin mixing in curveballs pretty quickly.
“I’ll probably spin few,” he said. “Get the feeling back. Nothing like throwing them full speed or anything. Same with changeups. Just work to get the feel back.”
It seems likely he will arive in spring training as a heavy favorite for the big league bullpen – he opened last season in Triple-A before spending most of the year in New York — but Robertson is a bit like Gardner in that he’s not taking that big league spot for granted.
“I hope so, you never know though,” Robertson said. “We’ll see what happens in spring training. That’s about all I can do.”