JUPITER Trainers at the Marlins spring training facility have been busy this season, as a parade of injured players have been doing rehabilitation work there to try and get off the disabled list.
Thursday two of those players, catcher John Baker and outfielder Scott Cousins, said they are ready to play in games and hoping to rejoin the Marlins when the roster expands in September.
Baker has had the longest road back, as he had elbow surgery last September.
"I'm not sore after I throw, which is the first time since surgery," Baker said, adding that the pain was there for a year before he had the surgery. "It is a real positive time for me."
Baker has not played since May of 2010, and said trips to Iraq to visit with U.S. troops and to Haiti after the earthquake has helped him get through his rehab.
"I've gotten a heavy duty dose of perspective. When you look at things from different perspectives it helped me in the difficult times," Baker said.
Baker said he plans on playing in minor league games until that season ends. "Then hopefully get added and activated as the third catcher in September and get back with my guys," Baker said.
Cousins has not been out as long as Baker, but he is just as anxious to return.
"It is tough to even watch the games on TV. You just want to be a part of it," said Cousins, who went on the disabled list June 28 with a degenerative disc in his lower back.
Cousins said he feels good enough to start playing games next week.
"The back is healthy, finally. It took a lot longer than we initially thought," Cousins said.
Cousins said he had been dealing with back pain for three years, but had always been able to play through it.
"It got to the point where just to walk was killing me. It just got to the point where I couldn't do it anymore," Cousins said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun