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Redsfest was his first chance in at least two months that Reds medical officials had the opportunity to update his progress.
“I’m a little ahead of schedule,” said the Palo Alto native and Scottsdale, Ariz., resident, the Reds’ first-round pick and 29th overall selection in the June 2014 draft. “I saw the doctors for the first time since I left in September, and they said they were pleased with my progress.
“Being around the guys is definitely a jolt of energy,” he added.
Blandino was feeling so good that he felt compelled to restrain himself and had to force himself to follow doctors’ orders.
“I’ve been throwing a little bit, but I’m not running yet,” he said, admitting “I feel like I could, but I’ll stick with what the medical staff is saying.”
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He was hoping to start swinging a bat in January, but he couldn’t put a timetable on when he might be ready to play in spring training games. The recovery time for surgeries such as his is six to eight months, meaning the lengthiest would take him up to March 23 – five days before the Reds are scheduled to open the 2019 season.
“Swinging a bat is contingent on my progress,” he said, adding that being ahead of schedule left him hopeful of being ready for spring training. “There are definitely some unknowns, but I’m fully confident that I’ll be ready.”