Originally Posted by Joseph
Milton will start the game [or at least pitch in the game]
He wants it to be his last [and technically first] rehab start and he wants to start on May 20th in Detroit [hello pitcher friendly park]
So the list of players in the article above is not inclusive. I wonder what other players will participate.
I know when I lived in upstate NY, this game was a BIG DEAL to those of us who didn't get to make the trip to the big ballparks very often. There's a ticket lottery because the demand is so high. I also remember how disappointing it was when no big names made the trip (though I guess I can't blame them).
Anyway, this article confirms that Milton will start and gives us an update on his condition and expected date of return to the rotation:
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Milton has plan to return May 20
BY JOHN FAY | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Left-hander Eric Milton has it mapped out: Exhibition game against Pittsburgh Monday, then back for real May 20 against Detroit.
Doesn't he think he could use another rehab start in between?
"I don't," he said. "But it's not up to me."
The plan Milton outlines could be the one the Reds use.
"We'll see how he does and how he feels," Reds manager Jerry Narron said.
Milton, 2-1 with a 6.50 ERA, has been on the disabled list since April 24 surgery on his left knee.
He tested the knee in an 85-pitch simulated game Wednesday.
"It felt normal," he said. "No problems. It was a good sign. We'll see how it feels (today)."
Milton pitched the simulated session a day after taking pitcher's fielding practice. He had no lingering effects from that.
The added benefit Milton is getting is his arm doesn't feel like it usually does in early May.
"My arm's rested," he said. "It feels great. That's the nice thing."
Milton threw all his pitches Wednesday.
"I was making stuff up," he said, "dropping down (side arm)."
Milton said the plan is for him to throw five innings in the exhibition game with Pittsburgh.
"They want me to get up and down (between innings)," he said.
Milton's pitch count is where it needs to be. He threw 80 pitches in his previous bullpen session before Wednesday.