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O'Brien Feeling Stronger After Injury

O'Brien has been showing a harder fastball

Mikey O'Brien is back to the mound after getting rocked by a line drive in March that left him with a broken finger and on the disabled list for several weeks. And while the numbers have just been okay this season, his stuff has gotten better.

"Today my curveball was 72-74 MPH," O'Brien said recently, "which is a lot harder and better than last year. Last year it was around 69 MPH, so it's doing great." While in rehab, O'Brien worked hard on keeping his arm and shoulder strong by lifting weights, making sure not to extend above his head to avoid further injury. He also continued to run and workout his legs to stay in shape in...

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