Around the League
Brandon League is throwing again. After week after week of no news, no progress, no real freaking clue what was even wrong (how do you have surgery on an overdeveloped muscle??), he is slinging away to real warm bodies and not the soulless hunks of decaying flesh found in the extended spring games. He pitched two innings today and they were what you’d expect against A ballers.
“He’s coming along really well,” said Ricciardi, who added that League recently hit 94 mph with his fastball. “He’s coming along probably faster than we thought, in the sense of getting his velocity back. That’s been a help. But it’s not all about the velocity; he’s also getting the movement.”
And don’t forget 94 is only a few mph below what he was throwing last year; he stopped trying to crank it up to 100 and backed off a little to have more movement and control, becoming a terrific ground ball pitcher. If he could make it back to where he was last season, maybe our bullpen could actually continue to be as good as it is right now.
UPDATE: LATE JUNE!!! WE GET OUR BULLPEN INJECTION IN LATE JUNE!!! Which is good because they’re starting to shake and we have used Scott Downs for 12 consecutive games…