Blue Jays duo battles back from injuries

Kyle Drabek blew out his arm in June 2102. Now he's battling for the fifth spot in the Blue Jays'...

Kyle Drabek blew out his arm in June 2102. Now he's battling for the fifth spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - For more than a full calendar year, Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek were joined at the hip, mutually encouraging each other as they both battled back from reconstructive elbow surgery.

Now they are both engaged in auditioning for the same job, along with four or five other pitchers at Blue Jays camp, and each is using that shared experience in his own way to get back to the big leagues.

Both pitchers blew out their elbows within days of each other in June of 2012 during a week in which the Blue Jays lost three-fifths of their starting rotation. Brandon Morrow also suffered an injury that same week.

Since their surgeries, both have used the rehab process to refine their approach to their craft and their pitching mechanics. Drabek, in particular, has come out of the experience looking like a new pitcher, having used the mind-numbing repetition to good advantage.


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