Lucas Giolito's dad, Rick, is active on Twitter, so it's no secret that his son has begun throwing again after suffering a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in early March. Lucas was considered a strong candidate to be the first overall pick in the draft before being sidelined, but is now more of a wild card as he works his way back to full strength.
Giolito went through the necessary amount of rest and rehabilitation and is under the watch of doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Kerlan-Jobe has 17 orthopedists that are either physicians or consultants for sports teams in the area such as the Dodgers, Angels and Lakers. The doctors tested Giolito extensively and gave him a program to target areas they felt he needed to strengthen.
"That's the silver lining," Rick Giolito said. "He's much stronger now than he was. He approached his rehab the same way he approaches baseball. He is tenacious. He never focuses on anything that happened in the past. He's special that way."
Giolito threw 60 pitches his first time out and is at 60 feet right now. He is expected to move out to 90 and 120 feet over the course of the next couple weeks. Right now, his workouts are private and there is no specific timetable for when he might throw a bullpen for scouts.