Professional baseball players throughout the country are scheduled to report to their spring training assignments later this week, and Tunkhannock Area standout Mike Papi is no different.
After suffering a season ending injury that landed him on the disabled list on June 4 of last year, Papi had arthroscopic surgery on August 7 in an attempt to ‘clean out’ his non-throwing shoulder area due to an inflamed acromioclavicular, or AC, joint.
“I feel really, really good,” said Papi in a phone interview Monday morning.
“I did a lot of offseason work, a lot of physical therapy in South Carolina, and I feel I am in a great spot heading into camp,” he added.
The right fielder is on the roster of the Columbus Clippers, the AAA team of the Cleveland Indians organization, and will report to an early minor league camp in Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 16.
Papi explained, “I will report the same time as the major league clubs and attend a spring development program. I will get to as many of the big league games as I can.”
Spring Training boils down to numbers, he said, and what the organization needs at a given time.
“I have put in a lot of work to be ready to perform,” he said. “I am looking forward to more opportunities with the Indians, and making an impact with the team.”
The Clippers are scheduled to face the Scranton/Wilkes -Barre RailRiders in a three game series May 8-10.