AJ Paul is back on the field.
During the high school season, the Smith-Cotton Tiger was hit by a pitch, breaking a bone in his left hand. That kept him out during the stretch run and the early part of the American Legion season.
Now he said he’s feeling better and he’s back in uniform for the Sedalia Travelers.
“It’s good to be on the field,” he said. “Trying to keep your team in the game, trying to keep your head in the game is really hard when you’re not in the game.”
Travelers manager Jade Samborski worked him back into the lineup at third base before giving him some innings on the mound.
“He’s been doing well,” Samborski said. “He’s solid. (Tuesday) he pitched and threw well.”
He pitched four innings in a Tuesday game at Fike.
“I threw strikes for the most part,” he said. “Hit a couple guys but I didn’t do too bad. The team was behind me. They did what they could.”
“He was at 80 pitches and that was probably a good number for him,” Samborski said. “He threw it in the zone a lot. At the plate he’s having good, quality at bats.”
Samborski and Paul both said there were some cobwebs to work out.
“I’ve been playing a lot of catch, but playing third base I made a few errors,” Paul said. “It’s just throwing errors from not playing in two months. I got over that (Tuesday). I did fine at third base.”
Some of those cobwebs come at the plate.
“I’m having trouble with inside pitches,” he said. “I’m pulling my head out a little bit so I just have to re-establish my swing. Otherwise it’s not too bad.”
Paul and the Travelers continue the Sedalia-Warrensburg Tournament this weekend at Dey Field at Liberty Park. They will face Fulton at 10:30 a.m. Saturday before playing Logan-Rogersville at 1 p.m.