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July 11, 2013

Pro baseball: Ex-Bison Daley hoping to get back to Bigs

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Daley is trying to make it back to the big leagues, while using a rebuilt arm to try to resume a modest Major League pitching career that brought him from his college days in central Pennsylvania to three years with the Colorado Rockies.

"I just wait and see what they need," said Daley, who warmed up early and sat back down without entering the game Sunday, then came in for the sixth and seventh innings Monday. "I will do anything they ask me.

"There's nothing I wouldn't do to get back to the big leagues. Whatever they need from me, I will definitely do."

Daley went all of 2012 without appearing in a regular-season game and got off to a delayed start this year. Surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder forced the right-hander to restart the throwing process from scratch again. He has progressed to the point of being one of the RailRiders' most effective relievers without yet landing a role to match his success.

"It definitely took longer than I wanted, but they say it takes about a year and a half to two years to really get back to where you were," Daley said. "I'm at 22 months that right now."

Daley knows all about extended recovery periods. His elbow was rebuilt through Tommy John surgery in 2002, forcing Daley to miss his entire sophomore season at Bucknell.

"That definitely helped a lot because I knew how much work I was going to have to put into the therapy afterward," Daley said. "But, in some ways it kind of hurt because the recovery from that was so seamless and went so well that when I had setbacks with this, it made it a little frustrating at times that it was not as perfect a rehab as the elbow was."

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