White Sox starter Jake Peavy made another rehab appearance on Friday, pitching 5 2/3 strong innings for Triple-A Charlotte. Peavy allowed seven hits and three runs, but struck out eight batters while throwing 85 pitches, 62 for strikes.
“I gave up a few runs, a two-run homer late, but I made a lot of good pitches,” said Peavy. “I couldn’t feel any better stuff-wise. I thought I was much better than I’ve been in the past. I feel better than I have in quite some time.”
So what’s next?
“Hopefully, I have one or two more [starts] before I come back,” said Peavy. “I’d like to go in five days, and I expect my body to respond. But I think Charlotte is off Wednesday, so I’m not sure. I’ll just take it in stride. Maybe they’ll send me to [Double-A] Birmingham. We’ll see.”
April 29, 2011
While it’s pretty rare to find a pitcher who has made such major changes in approach and arm angle in the major leagues, it’s even more rare to find someone who has made whole cloth mechanical changes in addition to revamping how he attacks hitters.McCarthy has obviously made the basic mechanical change of arm slot (as shown in PITCHf/x data), but it goes way beyond that when you examine the video evidence. Compare his mechanics from 2009 in this high-speed shot by Trip Somers of TexasLeaguers.com to the video I shot in 2011:
“I don’t particularly understand the whole social media thing,” Williams said. “I understand how it can work for you at times, but I certainly see more of the pitfalls. I don’t get it. I don’t get why people would want to tell all of their business and their whereabouts all the time, but maybe I’m just old-fashioned.”
Williams said he agreed with the league’s punishment and said he knew it was a matter of not letting social media usage get out of control around baseball.
“They’re absolutely right handling it in the fashion they did,” Williams said. “If I’m sitting in Joe Torre’s chair, I’d make the same decision that he just made — and that’s with the mindset that it’s in the best interest of baseball.”
And here’s the list (imagine KW in Colbert’s place!):
UPDATE: More Kenny:
“I think Major League Baseball is there to be the caretakers of the game,” Williams said. “And they have to do things for the whole of the game and this kind of falls into that category where if you let this whole social media thing get out of control – none of know what the boundaries kind of are right now to all of this and how to navigate our way through it.