This week, PhilliesNation’s own minor league expert Jay Floyd chatted with highly regarded shortstop prospect Roman Quinn about his recovery from off-season surgery, exclusively for ShoreSportsNetwork.com.
In the feature, the 20-year-old indicated that he’s well ahead of schedule as he recovers from the procedure to remedy his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Quinn was doing routine sprints in October near his home in Florida, when he felt a pop in the back of his ankle. Surgery came soon after for the Phils’ 2nd round draft choice from 2011.
Quinn, who posted a .238 average with five home runs, 21 RBI and 32 steals in 67 games for Class A Lakewood last year, is targeting a late-June or early-July return.
The youngster was still recovering from a broken left wrist that he suffered after being hit by a pitch in a game in June, at the time of the Achillies injury, but that first ailment is now 100%.
In the Floyd piece, Quinn details that he was very disappointed when he learned the diagnosis of his Achilles issue, but that a discussion with a friend in the Phils’ system provided him the boost that he needed to turn his outlook around.
“It brought me down real low, man,” Quinn explained. “It was just very discouraging until I talked with Albert Cartwright, actually. He had the same injury. I talked to him about his injury and everything and he was just telling me, ‘Stay with it and just go hard in your rehab, man, and you can come back even faster, even stronger.’ ‘Cause that’s exactly what he did and as soon as I heard that, it gave me all my confidence back.”
The article, which also features quotes from Cartwright, states that the 26-year-old Cartwright, who played with Double-A Reading in 2013, returned to game action within seven months of his right Achilles surgery back in 2011.
Feedback from Quinn conveying his upbeat outlook and solid progress is surely encouraging for a developmental system that saw several key prospects, including RHP Shane Watson (shoulder), LHP Adam Morgan (shoulder) and catcher Andrew Knapp (elbow), fall victim to big time injuries that required surgery this off-season.
To read the full article with details on Quinn’s current routine and more, click HERE.