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Igawa doesn’t seem to quite get it

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi is a generally positive guy. But he didn’t mince words after the game tonight: Kei Igawa can’t pitch in the majors unless he can get his off-speed stuff over the plate.

So, as you might expect, Igawa was asked what the deal was with his off-speed pitches.

“I thought the changeup worked well. The slider, I missed a few pitches. But besides that, they were pretty good,” he said through a translator. “The result was part of baseball. It can happen in any game. The thing I would like to work on is getting more strikeouts.”

Considering he had no strikeouts, that should not be a problem.

Girardi said “the plan” is Igawa to start on Wednesday in St. Pete. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the plan changed.




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