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Mayza, Trivino Wait for Start of MLB Season
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff
2020-04-01

            Tim Mayza and Lou Trivino, a pair of big league relief pitchers, each returned to Pennsylvania around St. Patrick's Day after getting locked out of their team's facilities.

            Mayza, an Upper Hanover native, has shifted his rehabilitation from

Lou Trivino, a relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, is

waiting at home for the start of the 2020 Major League

season.

reconstructive elbow surgery to his basement in Lancaster.

            Trivino plans on scouring the Quakertown area to find players to work out with. "I'll throw to anyone interested in taking live batting practice," he said.

            The decision by Major League Baseball to suspend Spring Training earlier this month due to concerns over COVID-19 canceled games in Florida and Arizona. Mayza, a left-handed relief pitcher with Toronto, was hoping to continue his recovery at the team's facility in Dunedin, Fla. He said there was a slight chance injured players might be allowed to stay.

            Instead, Mayza continues his recovery from a procedure to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament and repair a completely torn flexor tendon in his own house. The 2010 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School, who is utilizing a few recently purchased kettlebells and elastic bands, remains on track to return for the 2021 season.

            Just over six months after undergoing surgery, Mayza expects to visit a doctor in the middle of next month. He said the plan is to receive permission to start plyometric exercises and develop a game plan for a throwing program.

            The plan is to start throwing in mid-May, according to Mayza, who suffered the injuries on a 3-2 pitch to then-Yankee Didi Gregorius on Saturday, Sept. 14. The pitcher expressed hope that the team's spring training facility will be open by then.

            Trivino, a relief pitcher with the Oakland Athletics who was gearing up for a bounce back season, was hoping to stay in Phoenix, Ariz. However, before the governor could shut the state down, he decided to come home to visit with family.

            The Sellersville native and graduate of Upper Bucks Christian School expects to remain in baseball shape and throw in intervals less than during spring training. Trivino said he plans on being ready for the start of the 2020 season. Although, he concedes he doesn't know if, or when, that will happen.

            The season won't start until at least the middle of May. Trivino isn't sure how many games might be missed. He also didn't rule out the possibility of a neutral site World Series.

Mayza has no feel for how much time teams would need to prepare for the season once allowed to resume training.

            "We don't know any more than anyone else," he said.

            Mayza says his injury will allow him to avoid the pressure of attempting to earn the final roster spot in the bullpen during an abbreviated spring training or deal with the stress of a short offseason prior to the 2021 season.

            "It's a unique situation," Mayza said. 


 

 

 

 

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