HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jackson Rees could've pitched last week against Illinois State if he had to, but he and head coach Mike Trapasso wanted to make sure that the blister on his right thumb healed up before returning to the mound.
"It was just a minor setback. I would say that I would be at 80 percent comfortable. I probably could've pitched, but he wanted me 100 percent for the season and I think that if I kept going I think it would've put me even further back," Rees said. "It was just that every pitch was uncomfortable at the release point, but everything else was fine."
The decision to sit Rees against the Red Birds was a win-win for Trapasso and the Rainbow Warrior baseball team.
Not only did one of team's aces get to the opportunity to rest his arm and heal up from a minor injury, but the 'Bows were still able to beat Illinois State with freshman pitcher Cade Smith, who impressed in his first career start. But having Rees back this weekend against Seton Hall is a luxury that Trapasso doesn't take for granted.
"He'll go on Friday. He feels 100 percent," Trapasso said of Rees. "He'll throw a bullpen today and should be good to go. It's good to see him back out there."
Despite not throwing for nearly a week, Rees will take the mound against Seton Hall tomorrow night at Les Murakami Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. HT.
"My arm's feeling actually rejuvenated a little bit which is good for me, even though I've still been keeping up on the velocity but it's been nice to get a week and watch the guys this time instead of being able to pitch and go sit down on the bench."