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Whelan Staying Confident

Kevin Whelan had an eye-opening season last year, posting a combined 2.62 ERA, 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, and held opponents to a .159 average split between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. However, Whelan was then shut down during a stint in the Arizona Fall League with what he called a strained flexor tendon in his elbow.

The rehab has been long but Whelan is finally working towards returning to last season's form with no after-effects from the injury that cost him half of a season. "It just took longer to come back from than I expected," he said. "I missed all of Spring Training, went through Extended [Spring Training], then to Tampa, and then came [to Trenton]. "It bothered me a little bit in Tampa, then I...

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