Waiting in the Wings | News
They say patience is a virtue. One reliever for the Rochester Red Wings knows that first hand. He says he’s willing to keep proving that he’s healthy and ready for the next big opportunity.
Wings reliever Anthony Slama understands and thrives on pressure. He’s been the Red Wings best closer this season with a 0.45 ERA in 16 games and 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak. It is a far cry from last season.
Slama said, “My arm was a work in progress last year. I was dealing with a lot of arm pain getting to the side of the ball not staying sharp.”
Slama opted for rehab rather than Tommy John surgery and it’s paid off. He’s back and stronger than ever and now is trying to stay consistent to get a chance at the big leagues. The problem, the twins have a solid bullpen.
Slama said, “I just feel like I had something to prove all over again and I've been in that position before. I thrive on it so I like feeling like the underdog, that's fine.”
This is Slama’s fourth season in Triple A. He made it to Minnesota only for a brief stint in 2010. Last season when it should have been his time to shine, he was plagued with injures. His removal from the 40 man roster last fall and lack of invitation to spring training means the Twins are looking for some consistency. He’s ready to give it.
Slama said, “You always want to be somewhere else, but you have to look at where you are and understand that you’re playing baseball for a living and whether you get to the next level or not you're doing this every day.”
For Anthony Slama, life is about perspective. He is using his time in Rochester well, raising money and awareness this month for Wounded Warriors.
Slama said, “I play a sport. I shouldn't be recognized on the street. These guys, they've given sometimes the ultimate sacrifice.”
To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project or how you can donate, click here.
The Wings are on the road starting a four games series with the Gwinnett Braves. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.