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March 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Hultzen on hip strain: “I’m not worried about it at all”

Danny Hultzen is not concerned about the hip injury that knocked him out of his scheduled appearance today, and trainer Rick Griffin said the team is being “overly cautious” in treating their prized prospect.

“I’m not worried about it at all,’’ Hultzen said. “I’m on the shelf for a couple of days, and back at it in another couple of days. It’s not a big deal. I’m not worried about it.”

The official diagnosis is a mild right hip flexor strain. Hultzen said he felt soreness during pitchers’ early-morning running drills a couple of days ago. When he felt even sorer the next day, he let the training staff know, which Griffin called a smart move. Some young players tend to hide such news and try to play through it.

“I did that a little bit in college,’’ Hultzen said. “There was a time my arm was a little sore, then it got more sore. That was really stupid. I learned it’s dumber to try to go through than to just knock it out of the way. With something like this, to do something preventative is a lot easier than to risk it actually being a serious injury.”

Hultzen added that “it wasn’t like a sudden thing, which is good, because nothing serious happened. We were running, and after it got a little sore. The next day it was really sore. It wasn’t a specific things, so that’s a good thing.”

It’s also good that he has no history of leg injuries, and that it’s his right hip, not on the push-off side of the left-hander. That should speed recovery, Griffin said. Hultzen is doing hydro-therapy, riding an exercise bike and undergoing physical therapy, and will be able to play catch tomorrow, though not throw off a mound.

“It’s just mild,’’ Griffin said. “We’re being overly cautious. The next three or four days we’ll have a better idea what we’re going to do with him.”

At that point, he’ll be examined by Dr. Edward Khalfayan, the team physician, “and we’ll decide when he’ll get back on the mound. It will be a minimum of three or four days,” Griffin said.

“It’s not a good thing, because he has something and he’s not going to get to pitch. But this is not a serious thing. It’s nothing major. It’s just something we need to get quieted down so he can get back to doing what he needs to do.”

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