Mack – Top of the morning, everybody. We’re here with one of the smart kids today, right hand pitcher Joey Donino from Columbia University. Hey Joey. How are you today?
Joey - I am doing well. It is the second week of classes and we are just about to kick off our fall season and I couldn't be more excited. I look forward to getting back on the mound, and being 100% healthy following a good summer, which was my first season where I felt 100% since getting Tommy John after my senior year of high school.
Mack – Since you brought it up, tell us about both the physical and mental strain something like TJS can put on your future plans, especially baseball?
Joey - It is definitely a huge mental strain. Not being able to throw a baseball for a few months was tough, but the toughest part was wondering everyday whether or not I'd be able to come back successfully or not. Physically, I had to rehab almost every day, and once I started throwing, the scar tissue break up was a grueling process as well.
Mack – I know no one who says that the process wasn’t grueling. The good news is you are past that. Tell me about the summer, where you played, etc.?
Joey - I played for the DC Grays in the Cal Ripken League. I was able to start for them and throw 47+ innings so it was a great opportunity. The coaches really helped me a lot with my mechanics and pitches. So I feel like I got a lot better.
Mack – That’s a fair amount of innings going into a full season. Working on anything new or just building strength?
Joey - I worked a lot on using my legs and having a consistent repeatable delivery. By taking stress off my arm I was able to throw more innings. My mechanics work allowed me to have more command.
Mack – Does the fall schedule have any interesting or exciting trips planned?
Joey - Unfortunately no, just games against Fordham and Manhattan. But we do travel to Lamar, University of Arizona, and Florida in the spring to open up our season. I am very excited about getting a crack at the defending national champs.
Mack - Joey, is there anything you want to say to the folks out there reading this?
Joey: Nothing in particular. I just look forward to this upcoming season, and can't wait to get back on the mound. Thanks Mack.