Black Sox captain on mend

NICHOLAS BOYACK
Last updated 09:45 12/02/2013

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Rhys Casley is a happier man.

Last month we reported that the Black Sox captain was battling a serious shoulder problem and was in doubt for the World Series in March.

He suffered the injury playing in a tournament in the United States and an operation was required to reattach tendons.

For any softballer not being able to throw is serious, but for the Black Sox captain, the injury was potentially devastating.

To maintain his aerobic fitness, he tried altitude training.

The World Series is now less than a month away and Casley has still not thrown in a game. But he is feeling confident.

"The shoulder is coming along nicely. I am happy throwing and the strength is coming back and I am hitting fine."

He played in a tournament with his club side, Dodgers, and was the tournament's leading batter.

The Kiwi outfielder admitted that when he spoke to Hutt News in January that he was "a little bit nervous" about his prospects.

"It has definitely been a struggle.

"There have been some worrying times for me."

Losing their captain so near the World Series would have been a big blow and that was also a worry for him.

"It would have been a major upheaval for the team, especially after all the work we have put in over three or four years."

Over the last few weeks, he has been working daily with a physio and is confident that he will soon be throwing again in games.

He intends to take a full part in the World Series at North Harbour, and says that if he cannot give 100 percent, he will not play.

"My intention, as captain, is that if I am there I will play every innings of every game. I have no interest in managing myself."

Coming back from such a big injury has not been easy and he says there have been some sleepless nights.

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