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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Slowey pitching with new wrist


Sure, Kevin Slowey's ready for a nice comeback this season. Well, except for those two hunks of metal in his wrist. David Dorsey:



As Gleeman points out, "Slowey tends to be relatively blunt when interviewed, so hopefully he was painting an overly pessimistic picture of his status, but even late last season there were rumblings about the screws hurting his range of motion. For a pitcher who relies on pinpoint control, that sounds scary."

Slowey doesn't throw hard, and with the exception of his slow curveball there's not much difference between his fastball and his other pitches. He has to pound the edges of the strike zone like the latter-career Greg Maddux. If he can't do that, he can't really pitch.

This isn't merely an academic discussion. The Twins did squeak into the playoffs last year without getting much from Slowey, but I'm not sure they can do that again. Not with Scott Baker and a quartet of question marks in the starting rotation. The Twins won't have a Cy Young candidate and they don't need one. But it would be nice to have more than one starter with 200 innings and a better-than-average ERA.