Astros’ Dallas Keuchel cites polar bears as secret to successful shoulder rehab

Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel learned the hard way that it’s not good to pitch through shoulder pain: 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts during his injury-shortened 2016.

But after a full offseason of rest, he’s ready to dive into 2017 — just like he dove into the icy waters of Antarctica to swim with the polar bears. Wait, what?

Whatever lingering arm issues he might have, the long-bearded 2015 AL Cy Young winner’s funny bone is certainly in good health, as reporters found out this week when asking about his offseason shoulder rehab. The lefty met one question with an award-worthy deadpan response.

Cameron, who has said he’ll retire after suffering four concussions in six seasons with the Browns and Dolphins, calls it “a great question” but one he “couldn’t stand when people asked (it).”

“I don’t think a lot of these guys love football, to be honest,” Cameron said. “A lot of them don’t. You play for other reasons, and every guy has their own reason. They know why, and as long as your why is really important, you keep playing without really loving football.

“Because really, who loves to get hit in 10-degree weather by a 280-pound person? Really, no one likes that. ‘Do you love football?’ I couldn’t stand when people asked me that.”

Like many — not just at the professional level and not just Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China in football — Cameron said it’s more than the game, it’s the people you play it with.

“Every single guy talks about the locker room and how that’s the thing they will miss,” Cameron said. “It’s so true. Some of the most down-to-earth, intelligent human beings are in there.”

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