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Brewers Pitcher Chad Thompson is Keeping Career Alive After Injuries

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Chad Thompson is used to being hurt. And after Tommy John surgery in 2009 and then shoulder surgery in 2012 he says the hardest part of being healthy is the fear he might get injured again. 

"The mental factor of being hurt," said Thompson. "The fact that I threw hurt for so long that I almost looked forward to hurt, but it never does. But it's just in the back of my mind."

After missing all of the 2013 season, Thompson worked his way back to being the opening day starter for the Brewers. But he's a different pitcher now. 

"Earlier on in his career he was a fastball, slider guy," said Brewers pitching coach Ronaldo Valles. "And due to circumstances his arm speed decreased a little bit. So he had to develop a change up throughout his career."

"I think it's just a matter of time, just like my Tommy John," said Thompson. "It took me about a year, year and a half, before everything clicked together and came all back. So we'll see, hopefully it goes a little quicker this time."

He's battled through the injuries in the past he hopes to inflict some pain on his opponents in the near future. His goals for this season are to win and stay healthy. 

"It'd be nice to get through the season healthy, and just being able to throw strikes," said Thompson. "If I can throw strikes I can get outs, which will in turn help the team."

"We're pretty comfortable with him in the rotation," added Valles. "He's an older guy mixing with a group of young guys. He will help us out as a mentor too with the young guys."

Arm injuries have claimed the careers of many pitchers in the minor leagues. Thompson doesn't plan to be another added to the list.

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