Call it a (fingers crossed) comeback

Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor ( and used with permission.

I will have an entire season (and, most likely, many more) to write about Adrian Gonzalez.  Tonight I write about something that made me very, very happy to read.  Two tweets from our friend Alex Speier on Twitter Monday evening:

Just ran into Kyle Snyder. After shoulder surgery in spring, he’s healthy, throwing in Dominican

He’s going to pitch for Aguilas in Domin winter lg, hope velo creeps up to 90 so he can get an invite somewhere

First off, Alex deserves props for fitting a lot of information into 280 characters (or, two tweets).  Well done.  Secondly, the news delights me.  I knew Kyle was aiming for winter ball but hadn’t heard anything in a while and worried that he wasn’t healing as well as he had hoped.  As a friend put it tonight:  “It’s nice to have an update that he still has two working arms.”  Indeed it is.

Speier used a few more characters on his blog that give us some insight to what Kyle has gone through this year:

Kyle Snyder, a member of the Red Sox’ championship team in 2007, is at the Meetings to meet with his agent. He had shoulder surgery in spring training (he said that throwing a baseball was so painful before the procedure that he would almost throw up), and is getting ready to pitch in the Dominican for Aguilas, where he will be reunited with Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur.

That’s quite the vivid picture.  I suppose, if nothing else, we should be delighted that the surgery has at least helped the whole vomiting from throwing a baseball thing.  I’m just happy he’s healthy and is pursuing the possibility of getting a Spring Training invite.  I hope this surgery has worked for him and he gets another shot to play, whether it’s in the minors or the bigs.

The roster page for the Aguilas Cibaenas is here (you might recognize a name or three) and I’ll be checking it to see when Kyle’s name gets added.  Looks like he could be throwing to our own Luis Exposito while he’s there.  Just one more reason to be excited about this off-season!

Sending out wishes for much luck and good health to Kyle!

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