Healthy Narveson: ‘Feels like a new arm’
Brewers left-hander Chris Narveson has never been so happy to be just one of the guys.
Narveson said his surgically-repaired shoulder was completely healed and he was a full, unrestricted participant in the Brewers’ starting rotation derby. The only thing notable about his bullpen session on Wednesday was the trio of athletic trainers watching intently.
He said they told him, “‘Man it looks great. Effortless.’ When you look back and see smiles and laughs, you know everything looks good.”
He felt good, too.
“It feels like you’ve got a new arm,” Narveson said.
If he continues in good health, it looks as if Narveson has a good chance to win one of the openings in the starting rotation behind right-handers Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada. Narveson, now xxx, began last season as Milwaukee’s No. 5 starter, but made only two starts before he was shut down with the shoulder injury. On May 1, he had surgery for a torn labrum and rotator cuff, and his season was over.
Looking back, Narveson said the shoulder was already an issue at the start of Spring Training.
“It was kind of off and on. It’s so hard because you’re competitive,” Narveson said. “It never felt like something that was a big deal. It was always like, ‘OK, you need to strengthen and do your maintenance programs.’ But as it went on, one day it would feel not bad and the next day it was, ‘Oh, man.’ It would go back and forth. Then, it obviously got to a head where after that [April 5] Atlanta game, you couldn’t get loose, you couldn’t do much.”
Narveson surrendered five runs on four hits in four innings that day.
“Next thing you know, you wake up the next day and it’s hard to pick [the arm] up,” he said. “It got to the point where you really knew something was wrong.”
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