Richmond’s Road to Recovery

Just over a week ago, my heart sank when I heard the news that Scott Richmond suffered a setback while preparing for Spring Training. After a whirlwind season filled with many highs and lows, this certainly wasn’t the way Scott had planned on beginning the 2010 campaign.

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.

I wish Scott all the best and hope he has a speedy recovery, and hopefully we will see him back in Toronto at some point this year.

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“.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

3 thoughts on “Richmond’s Road to Recovery

  • February 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    My family motto is, "if at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried."

    Just kidding.

    Nice article. I hope he's 100% again soon.

  • February 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    He'll be back. He's too nice a guy not to cheer for.

  • February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    LJ, that's a pretty awesome family motto. Just out of curiosity, I looked up my family motto is "I accomplish my course". And my family crest is a dog (seriously)!

    Mattt, I'm certain that he'll be back at some point this season. I'm sure the training staff are taking extra precautions with Scott this time and making sure his shoulder heals 100 percent before he gets back into a heavy throwing regiment.

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