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Valdez Travels Inspiring Comeback Trail

Valdez has become better because of injuries

It's been a long road back for Tampa Yankees' pitcher Jose Valdez. Having endured the arduous recovery process from every pitcher's nightmare, Tommy John surgery, he seemed poised to return to form for the 2006 campaign. Coming out of the bullpen, Valdez produced impressive numbers with a 1-1 record and a 1.98 ERA with the Gulf Coast Yankees and the Charleston Riverdogs.

It seemed like he had rediscovered his overpowering pitching style that had been the root of his past success. But just 18 games into his long-awaited return, Valdez was dealt another blow. Inflammation and tendonitis in his throwing shoulder, while not requiring surgery, put up him on the shelf for the remainder of the season. Suddenly, another valuable year of his development was lost due...

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