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A Long Way Back for Casey Weathers

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PASCO, Wash. -- Out of Vanderbilt University, Casey Weathers was on top of the world in 2007.

He was the Colorado Rockies top draft pick that year and the sky seemed to be the limit.

But in 2008, Weathers faced a huge obstacle in his professional baseball journey. He had to have Tommy John Surgery, forcing him to sit out all of the 2009 season.

But, Weathers stayed positive. He served as the Dust Devils bench coach last year while he recovered.

Now, he is trying put the injury behind him and he is ready to step on the hill for Tri-City.

"It's here now," said Weathers. "And no matter the down time I've had and how frustrating it was, I'm pitching now and that's all I look forward to. It's kind of a cliché but you got to do it day-to-day. I can't worry about where I should have been or where I need to be. It's just competing on a day-to-day level."

"He's healthy and throwing the ball well," said Dust Devils Manager Freddy Ocasio. "Hopefully, we'll get him going and he'll get his command, get his control, and get his pitches to where they need to be. Then, he'll be outta here. He's not a guy who is going to be here long."

The Dust Devils open their season in Spokane Friday night.