Michael Kopech clocks over 100 mph in 1st outing since Tommy John surgery

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Michael Kopech didn't have any trouble getting back up to speed after 18 months away from the mound.

"Yeah, I might have been a little geeked," the Chicago White Sox right-hander said Tuesday.

Kopech threw 11 pitches against the Texas Rangers in Cactus League play -- and six of them reached 100 mph.

It was the 23-year-old's first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2018.

"The first two pitches, I felt out of control," Kopech said. "By the third pitch, I took a breath and settled back in. But I still had quite a bit of adrenaline going."cheap nike nfl jerseys china

"I felt really good, I was able to command my fastball after those first two, and aside from that, just go out there and get an inning under my belt," he said.3

Kopech, who made four starts in 2018 before being sidelined, was a key part of the five-player deal that sent pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox after the 2016 season. Third baseman Yoan Moncada has already made his presence felt, and Kopech was also expected to be a big part of the Chicago rebuild.

Tuesday's outing showed why. He retired Eli White and Isiah Kiner-Falefa on groundouts, and struck out Greg Bird looking on a 101 mph heater to complete his nike nfl jerseys cheap

Kopech then went to the Chicago bullpen to throw 10 more pitches.

"I don't think I'm typically going to be throwing as hard as I did today," Kopech said. "I'm proud of it, I'm excited, but I'm not going to try to be a power pitcher."

"It feels nice to be able to compete again. Eighteen months out, I feel like I have a chance to compete the way that I like to," he said.

Kopech's next spring appearance is scheduled for Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, but he will have to wait for a while before he returns to the White Sox's rotation.

If all goes well, he figures to be on the South Side by May, but his innings will still be monitored closely in his first full season following arm surgery.

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