Brett Cecil is hoping to follow teammate Steve Delabar’s example as he searches for a few miles-per-hour of lost velocity on his fastball.
Delabar, acquired from the Seattle Mariners last summer in exchange for outfielder Eric Thames, is the poster-child for what may very well be a revolutionary training program that rejuvenated his career in the wake of a devastating injury.
In 2009, at the age of 25 and trying to hang on to his big-league dream, pitching for the Independent League Brockton Rox, Delabar fractured his pitching elbow, an injury that required a metal plate and nine screws to hold it together. At the time he believed his career to be over.
As he tried to rehab his elbow near his home in Elizabethtown, Ky., Delabar was introduced to a program, devised by a Maryland man named Jamie Evans, that would revive his career.