Dallas Braden decided against being a world traveler this winter, realizing his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery took top priority.
Buddy Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants stuck to the same routine: get healthy from an elbow injury.
Braden is working with the hope of returning to the Oakland Athletics' depleted rotation come mid-April or perhaps early May. He understands the urgency for a pitching staff that traded away All-Star starters Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez this offseason and also All-Star closer Andrew Bailey.
The 28-year-old Braden hopes to return to his 2010 form, when he pitched an improbable perfect game against Tampa Bay on May 9 - Mother's Day - and went 11-14 with a 3.50 ERA in a career-best 192 2-3 innings.