Friday, February 18, 2011

Old faces in new places

I was recently reading the Seattle Times online. One our better sports reporters is doing his yearly trip around the Grapefruit League. While in Phillies camp in Clearwater, he found an old familiar face.

That would be former Mariner Ryan Feierabend. It is amazing how injuries can take two guys down different paths. Ryan is now 25, the same age Felix will be in April. Ryan has had many injury issues including having Tommy John surgery and missing the 2009 season. We had seen Ryan at times in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons but he could never quite stick with the big team. Ryan was only able to have a 2-11 record and a 7.22 in 25 games, starting 19 of those for the Mariners. After having a 5-8 year in A, AA, AAA ball last year the Mariners let Ryan go. Former Mariner exec Benny Looper told Ryan to talk to the Phils.

While I don't see Ryan challenging the Big 4 in the rotation, I hope that he can stay healthy and get back on track with the Phillies. Good luck Ryan.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post! Ryan and I graduated from the same high school, but he is seven years younger than I am. However, his sister in law and I graduated together and his father in law and my dad have been friends since their college days. I wish Ryan all the best as well on his time with the Phillies. It would be awesome if he could make the team out of spring training. By the way, my brother has a nice little player collection of his cards, and I also have some. Since he is from my hometown area, I will be happy to keep you posted if I hear anything more on his progress this spring.