University of Miami freshman standout David Thompson, who had corrective surgery on his throwing shoulder last month, said Tuesday he is out of a sling and feeling better than he did a year ago when he had surgery the first time to repair a torn labrum.
“I’ve got a while to get 100 percent and get ready for the season, but I’m feeling great. We’re taking it slow this time,” said Thompson, who Monday earned Freshman All-America honors from Perfect Game.
“Flexibility-wise, it’s better. The strength obviously isn’t close to where it needs to get to, but we have a great training staff and I know it will get there.”
Coach Jim Morris expects Thompson will be able to field grounders at third base when fall practice opens Oct.21 but said he probably won’t begin throwing again until January. Morris said he wants Thompson, who paced the Hurricanes with six home runs, 46 RBI, 84 total bases, a .462 slugging percentage and 14 multi-RBI games, to play third base moving forward.
Hurricanes sophomore left-hander Chris Diaz, who earned one of 24 coveted roster spots on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, traveled to Japan this week to compete for Team USA as part of its international schedule. He has made one relief appearance thus far, giving up one hit over two-thirds of an inning.
After returning home, Team USA will play a pair of exhibitions before opening a five-game series against Cuba on July 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.