July Farm Report: Healthy Matthes reaping rewards
Soreness and stiffness in his left knee are a thing of the past for high Class A Modesto right fielder Kent Matthes. To ovecome these lingering demons, he had to endure a lost 2010 season, a medical washout of a year consisting of limited action that was ended by pain, surgery for a torn left patellar tendon and rehab.
This year, Matthes is reaping a big reward.
He is playing pain-free and producing in ways the Colorado Rockies envisioned when they drafted Matthes in the fourth round in 2009 out of the University of Alabama.
“I think that’s one of the reasons I went after the physical therapy and the rehab with such discipline,” Matthes said, “because I wanted to know what it felt like to play healthy because it’s been a while since my knee hasn’t bothered me.”
Matthes is hitting .331/.374/.637 with 21 home runs and 83 RBI. He’s tied for first in the California League with 221 total bases and has 20 walks and 76 strikeouts in 347 at-bats.
“(He) can hit it as far as anybody in the program,” player development director Marc Gustafson said.
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