Q: What is your overall reaction to the outing?
A: I was pleased with it. I felt good. I was able to throw all of my pitches for strikes at different times in the count.
Q: Pain free?
A: Yep. Felt good.
Q: What's next?
A: See how I feel tomorrow and go from there. Probably got one more and we'll be ready to go.
Q: Can you taste it now?
A: It's been a long time. A lot of hard work. A lot of headaches with this whole thing, but we're at the point now of getting the pitch count up there. I would've liked to have gone six tonight but I ended up with 70, 71 pitches. We'll bump it up by 15 more the next time and see how it goes.
Q: Do you wish you would have had that surgery sooner than August 31?
A: No, no. That's looking back and nobody asked me that question when I was doing it. Everybody wants to ask me that question now that we're a month into the season. If I bail out in August or early August of last year, then I get ridiculed for giving up on the team. I made the right decision. We went as long as we could with it and I did what I could to help the team.
Q: Do you feel more pressure each time you get injured and have to go through this?
A: No, I just have to be smarter and stay on top of my stuff. I put enough pressure on myself to go out there and pitch in big league ballgames. Any added pressure is unnecessary.
Q: Have you altered your mechanics?
A: I haven't looked at tape since I've started throwing off the mound. I feel smooth. I feel pretty good. I'm not trying to overcompensate or do anything different. Just trying to stay smooth.
Q: Is it harder to assess your stuff throwing against single-A hitters?
A: A little bit. But you see today, the base hit I gave up, you make a mistake with the slider and anybody can hit it. I thought I made pretty good pitches tonight. I was impressed most with the location, like the fastball in the first few innings. And then the breaking stuff came in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.
Q: Were you happy with velocity?
A: I don't know what the velocity was.
Q: 92-97, consistently.
A: Yeah, pretty happy with that.
Q: What about your batting practice show?
A: I got to get back in there and start swinging the bat a little bit, try to get some bunts down. You don't ever want to take this much time off and not see something from a live arm.
Q: How does your endurance feel?
A: I felt great. I didn't get winded. I threw five innings five days ago in Arizona and it was 99 degrees and I felt pretty good. My wind seems to be good.
Q: Did you throw of all your pitches tonight?
A: I threw all of them. I actually threw a changeup tonight. I don't throw too many of those. We're mixing it all in. I threw curveballs, fastballs and changeups tonight.
Q: Where will your next start be?
A: I think Iowa. I need to go and get a few more pitches. I threw 70 tonight. I'd like to be at somewhere around 85-90.
Q: Who was in charge of the decision of when to pull you tonight?
A: I think Larry Rothschild was on the phone every inning.
Q: Is it fun to come back and play in a Class-A environment?
A: It's never fun to be back here, but it's a good town to come to. The fans are great. It was a fun night tonight.
Q: How did you get your 34 Jersey for the night?
A: I don't even know who had this jersey. I think it was the biggest one they had.