John Lamb Could Begin Throwing Soon

Updated: March 20, 2017

The Angels signed left-handed pitcher John Lamb to a minor-league contract in December after he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 26-year-old struggled through his first two Major League seasons, but could he find his groove in Anaheim?

First Lamb must get healthy as he’s undergone two back surgeries in the last two years. According to Maria Guardado, Lamb will travel to Los Angeles on Monday to see back specialist Robert Watkins. In October, Lamb underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc.

Lamb hopes this visit with the specialist will allow him to begin a throwing program. According to Maria Guardado, Lamb had this to say about his spring “I know the staff here thinks that I’m right where I need to be for him to clear me to start [throwing off] flat ground,” “I’m optimistic, really excited, but at the same time I don’t want to get too excited.”

Lamb went on to say “The beginning of July is pretty much what we accepted by the doctor’s recommendation,” “If all continues to go well — which I can’t help but believe it will, the way I’m feeling — I would say June is my target date to get in a game. Whether that be in a game down here, in a simulation game or [at] an affiliate, I don’t know. I just know that I’m going to be living in the moment, as cliché as it is, and hopefully I get to that point.”

The lefty was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft. Lamb has a career 6.17 ERA in the Majors, but hopefully this surgery will help him get back and stronger than ever before.

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