For many professional athletes, the mental toll of a season ending injury can be just as difficult as the physical toll. For Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden, the anguish of not being able since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, was so much that Braden could not bring himself to watch an A’s game on TV, let alone in the dugout. Finally after encouragement from general manager Billy Beane, Braden is back in the Oakland clubhouse. In an outstanding article by Susan Slusser, a must follow on twitter @SusanSlusser, Braden talks about the mental anguish he felt following the surgery, finally being able to change his mentality, and updates the status of his physical rehab. Additionally Braden’s teammates share their thought on disabled list etiquette. It’s a very good read.
A’s pitcher Dallas Braden rehabs shoulder, psyche — SFGate.com