Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
Augusta, Ga--It won't be long now before baseball players head off to Arizona and Florida for spring training. We have a handful of guys that's part of the caravan. One of them, has only been in Augusta a few years but could be in the majors sooner rather then later.
Branden Kline and his wife moved to Augusta four years ago to be near her parents. Kline, part of the Baltimore organization, was on the fast track before he was sidelined for the better part of two seasons with elbow surgery and then follow up work. Kline could have walked away, but with support from his wife, stuck with it.
"What could this possibly mean, what if I decided to do something else, and she really backed me up no matter which way I thought about it. It seemed like I was always getting to a point after the Tommy John surgery to almost being back, and then I'd have to start all over again. Fortunately, I stuck with it" said Branden Kline
Now Kline is part of the Orioles 40 man roster which means he'll be part of their big league camp next month. He did come back pretty strong last year and earned that spot. He knows being on the 40 man doesn't guarantee him much, and drives him to get all the way to the bigs.
"Anything you can use as fire, as you kind of said, you'll want to use, especially in January, February, November, December, when it's cold outside and you don't want to get up and go to the gym early in the morning. So anything you can possibly use mentally to get you out and get your work done, you're going to use" added Kline
Kline says his arm feels great now and everything is on the up and up. He's a converted starter to reliever and that seems to be the path to the majors.