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Stoner eyeing a return to majors

December 21, 2011
EDGAR KELLEY IN?THE?BOX , The Inter-Mountain

It was a performance like no other that inspired the New York Mets to select Tobi Stoner in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

And now it will take that same kind of heart and determination to get the former Davis & Elkins College pitcher back to the show.

Stoner wasn't highly sought after while pitching during his senior season for the Senators, but he made the most of his one chance to impress.

During the title game of the 2005 West Virginia Conference tournament, a scout was on hand to watch a player from the opposing team. But his attention was quickly drawn to Stoner as he masterfully mowed down the opposition. The rest is history.

Stoner received his first call-up in 2009 and saw professional action in four games for the Mets that season.

The 27-year-old also pitched well in the minors that season and was looking forward to bigger and better things in the future.

He broke camp with the Mets' Triple A affiliate in 2010, and got another call-up during the season and pitched in one game.

Stoner admittedly wasn't up to par during the 2010 campaign, but pitched through some discomfort he was feeling in his right throwing elbow.

"I wasn't myself that season (2010), but I kept going out there and fighting through it," Stoner said. "I was doing the best I could, but it hurt every time I went out there.

"It got to the point where I couldn't go anymore, so I finally got it checked out."

After seeking medical treatment, it was determined that the Stoner would need a bone chip and spur removed from his throwing elbow.

He underwent the surgery in August of 2010 and rehabilitated into part of last season where he did appear in 18 Double A games.

Now it appears that everything is finally back on track for Stoner, and he once again has high expectations for the upcoming season.

"I'm hoping to get the opportunity to prove myself again, much like I did in 2009," he said. "I'm going to start letting it rip with my arm again at the beginning of January.

"Everything looks to be on track, so I'm looking forward to the upcoming season."

Stoner said the type of surgery he had is something many pitchers go through, and that it wasn't as serious as many other pitching injuries.

"Actually, it was a minor injury compared to what some pitchers go through," he said. "Compared to Tommy John surgery, it was nothing."

After witnessing first hand in college the kind of work ethic and desire Stoner possesses, it's hard to imagine that he won't be back up with the New York Mets sometime during the upcoming season.

 
 

 

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