Friday, February 23, 2007

Here We Go....

So, on Day Three of Spring Training, Daisuke hit the bullpen for a 103-pitch session. Day Three.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's beginning to look like the Sox are going to let him do whatever he wants. How will this play out down the road? Will he be throwing 100 pitches in the pen every day during the season like he did with Seibu? I guarantee he wants to, but he probably shouldn't. This could be the first glimpse at the free rein Matsuzaka will have over his own workout routine for the Sox. If he does what he did with Seibu no one will complain. If he hurts himself, or wears out in September and October, heads will roll.

No doomsday forecast here, but it's a huge red flag that we will all watch as we move forward.

2 Comments:

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Rob Gaudreau said...

From an article in the Globe... Okajima was listed as making about 80 pitches in a bullpen session. It seems that the Sox at the very least are letting them get their reps in spring training. I would be surprised if they let it happen once they have the standard season pitching workload.

 
At 1:52 AM, Blogger Mike Edelman said...

As a fan that really hates the way we baby pitchers in the U.S. I think this is great. If anything this may put him at less of a risk for injury. His body is used to doing this. I think he'd be at greater risk for injury if the Red Sox were suddenly to change his routine. In doing so they wouldn't allow him to prepare for the season in the proper way for him to do so. I was really glad to hear that they allowed him to continue his regular work load and can only hope that it continues into the season.

 

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