Sometimes you forget…

I’m writing a story on J.P. Howell today, so I went to Field 5 to watch him throw 35 pitches during a bullpen session. Howell looked impressive, but I was more struck by what was happening on the mound next to him where James Shields was throwing.

Sometimes all of us forget what horses starting pitchers are, and Shields in particular, who has logged over 200 innings the past four seasons. He was throwing before Howell took the mound and after Howell had finished throwing, popping the catchers mitt crisply with no breaks in between. 

Spring Training is all about getting starting pitchers prepared so they can throw 100 pitches during the regular season.  Watching Shields was impressive.

–Bill Chastain

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