PHOENIX — Wapakoneta native Brian Garman is essentially sitting idle in Arizona.
Garman was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training facility in Phoenix on July 17 to receive further treatment on his injured shoulder, diagnosed as a torn labrum.
Garman is a relief pitcher for the Huntsville Stars, a Double-A team in the Southern League based in Huntsville, Ala. He has been on the disabled list since June 24.
To address the inflammation in his throwing shoulder, he received a cortisone shot Monday, and without having seen any noticeable effect from it, Garman is waiting to see what happens.
“I wasn’t really fond of the idea of having a cortisone shot,” Garman said. “I would rather see where my shoulder is without masking any of the pain.”
“I’m a little bit concerned,” he said about the lack of the shot’s effect. “They’re confused why my body didn’t respond to the cortisone.”
Medical personnel have told Garman that it may take up to two weeks for him to feel the full effect of the cortisone shot.
Waiting for that inflammation to subside before his injury can be further evaluated, Garman is not doing any proactive rehabilitation.
“So far not too much has happened in Arizona,” Garman said. “We’ve been pretty conservative with the treatment. Everything I’m doing right now has been what is called ‘passive treatment.’ I’m not doing any therapy.”
Garman said his treatment ranges from electronic stimulation to deep tissue massages to ice compression.
“I’m just going to have to take it easy, trust these treatments and be to the point where I can be pain-free and evaluate it,” Garman said.
Garman has learned that injured players sent to Arizona are set up to become determined to heal their injury.
“You never want to be here, especially while the season is going on. They do a really good job of making you want to leave here as quick as you can,” Garman said. “Arizona itself is not bad, but the baseball side of it is not what you think it would be. You get here and you immediately want to get back to where you can from.”
“It’s certainly more convenient to be with a full season club.”
For the time being, Garman is required to watch games played by the Brewers’ rookie class team.
“They’re really long and really hot and boring. I think it’s one way of the organization saying, ‘if you don’t like it, get healthy and get out of here,’” Garman said.
The Stars have less than six full weeks remaining in their regular season.
Garman attended the University of Cincinnati for baseball and was drafted in the 17th round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Brewers. He is a 2006 Wapakoneta High School graduate.
The Brewers are Huntsville’s MLB parent club.
Garman has spent parts of two seasons with Huntsville.