After sitting out for an entire season because of Tommy John surgery, the Colorado Rockies’ 2018 second round draft pick Mitchell Kilkenny made his return Tuesday night.
The Texas A&M alum got the start against the Rocky Mountain Vibes throwing one shutout inning, striking out one and walking one.
“After sitting out for so long a lot of questions are raised in the inner dialogue,” Kilkenny said. “I was a little nervous and anxious to get back out there. But, it felt a lot more normal than usual.”
It was the first injury of Kilkenny’s career that made him sit out for over a year.
“You know when you’re playing the game, it’s easy to complain about anything and everything,” Kilkenny added. “But, when you’re away from it you start to miss getting up early and the locker room stuff. It was really nice to get a refresher on all the reasons why I love baseball.”
Grand Junction Rockies manager Jake Opitz said that his return was impressive and that they will rest him and get him back on the mound in two or three days.