MASH Report (8/19/13) by Jeff Zimmerman August 19, 2013 Quite a bit of injury information for once. I am looking at a few reader suggestions from last week and examing a few bigger named pitchers coming off the DL. Later this week, I will look at the PAIN and HURT leaders with an attempt to look at PAIN over a section of the season vice the whole enchilada. First some reader questions from last week. • Me and Adam Jones asked the following about Adam Jones “Is it an injured psyche from the banana incident or something more?” I am going with the banana. His power was fine (ISO and HR/9 are almost the same as 2012). His Speed Score was the same as last year (5.2 vs 5.3). Also his contact was up about 1.5% points. No sign of a real injury. • Kmen asked if Homer Bailey’s struggles may be injury releated. Looking at Bailey, he has seen a velocity decline over the last few games, but this was after an increase by the same amount earlier in the season. During the last couple games, he had problems finding the strike zone (46% Zone%), but both his 2012 and 2013 Zone% are identical at 49.4%. I don’t see any problems unless his velocity drops even further. I would start to worry if his average fastball velocity nears 92 mph. • James N. wanted my thoughts on Bartolo Colon. Well, Colon went on the DL with a groin injury before I could answer. The signs were there pointing to an injury. Huge velocity drop. After leading the league in Zone% for much of the season, his Zone% values dropped about 10% points during the velocity decline. I am little late for James, but yes there were issues surrounding Colon which pointed to an injury. • Samuel Deduno is pitching through a bit of shoulder discomfort. Here he describes the problem (source). According to Deduno, the nagging pain behind his shoulder that he first noticed a few starts ago has moved to the front of the shoulder. “It’s not sore, but I can’t be aggressive with any of my pitches,” Deduno told the Pioneer Press after a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. “When I try to throw hard, I feel it. I changed the angle of my arm to try not to feel pain. I think that’s the problem.” “It started behind the shoulder a couple weeks ago, but I could handle that,” Deduno said. “Now it’s in the front. I felt it a few days ago. Today, I didn’t feel good. In the bullpen and during the game, I didn’t feel strong.” Deduno’s release points have been varying quite a bit. It is almost a 2 foot swing from one extreme to the other. The varied release points seem to point to a pitcher looking to find a comfortable delivery. • CC Sabathia is experiencing a nice upward trend in velocity which is getting closer to his 2012 velocity levels Pitchers Returning from the DL • Yovani Gallardo returned with some decent results, zero runs allowed over 6.1 innings. His average fastball velocity was inline with his 2013 values which were down from his 2012 values. He was able to keep the ball in the strike zone with a 51% Zone% for the game. The major problem I see with him is his new release point. In early July he moved is positioning on the rubber about 2 feet to the 3B side. He struggled quite a bit after the move. Right now, I am looking to see if he can adapt for the 2014 season or if he is struggles to find some consistency. • Trevor Cahill returned from the DL. First off, he looked to be throwing just like he did before the injury, like a injured pitcher. He had problems finding the strike zone (<40% Zone%). His release point was all over the place. Usually, different pitches are from the different arm slots, but with Cahill, his sinker release point changes position by 1 vertically and 1.5 feet horizontally. Also, he was not able to maintain his velocity over the course of the game with his fastball losing about 3 mph. He is back from the DL and hopefully he can make it the rest of the season until he goes back on it. • Rafael Betancourt’s average fastball velocity was near his 3 year low upon return. It would not surprise me if his appendix was still bothering him a bit. • Alex Cobb threw and his fastball velocity was fine. • Brandon Gomes velocity was fine. Players on the DL (*) 15 Day Disabled List (**) 60 Day Disabled List (***) 7 Day Concussion List (****) Free Agent Red colored entries are updates since last report.