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Beam Getting Back Into The Groove

Beam hasn't walked a batter since his return

The 2007 season started normally for relief pitcher T.J. Beam. The four-year veteran began the year in Triple-A Scranton, hoping that he would duplicate the season he had in '06 that saw him rise from Double-A to the Major League roster by the end of the season. This season, a month went by and Beam was pressing away in the Scranton bullpen. Then, something strange happened.

In early May, T.J. Beam felt something pull on his right side. The prognosis, a strained right lateral muscle and a trip to the DL. The injury, according to the 6-foot-7 right-hander is rare to say the least. "It was one of those freak injuries that happened," Beam said. "Not a lot of people have seen it before, like the doctor here [in Scranton] or in New York. It was just a little strain...

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