"He pounded the strike zone. He was
He was moving the ball
in and out real well, " added
bench coach Tim Bogar, who served as the manager for the split-squad. "Little work to do on his breaking stuff -- he didn't
command it as well as I think he probably wanted to. It got
as the game went on. But
every time he needed something to happen, he threw that
sinker and got a double-play ball. I thought he did well. "
Cook said the slow, precautionary way in which he began his spring was difficult at first, but clearly it's starting to pay off for him. Bogar said Cook should throw about 15 or 20 more pitches in his next outing, and Cook believes he still has plenty of time to get stretched out and make a
bid for a spot in the starting rotation.
If he doesn't, Cook has a May 1 opt-out
clause in his contract. He said he isn't thinking about it, telling his agent to worry about that, leaving Cook to just "go out and play ball. "
the meantime, Cook is feeling as well physically as he has since before he
suffered a broken leg in September 2010. With that no longer weighing
on his mind, he said he's confident in his mechanics and health and getting plenty of spin on his pitches.
On top of all that, he has
been reunited with pitching coach Bob McClure, with
whom he worked in Colorado.
"I feel really good, " Cook said. "It's a good place to be in, so I'm pretty happy. "
closer Andrew Bailey's second outing Friday night, in a 2-1 loss to the Twins, was much more what
the team envisioned when they traded for the right-hander this
Bailey on Monday allowed a run on three hits to the Marlins in his Grapefruit League
debut, then rebounded Friday to strike out two
in a 1-2-3 inning.
to do the same thing during the season, get ahead of guys, work both sides of the plate, and throw
cutter for strikes, " Bailey
said. "The cutter's a pitch that I'm still kind of working on, it's a little slider-ish
right now. Get to the point where I can differentiate
between the cutter
and the slider with the amount of break. "
Bailey said he wasn't doing
anything differently and didn't feel any different between the first outing and the second.
"Another one to build on, " manager Bobby Valentine said. "I
don't think that that's everything he
has in the tank. He hit some spots,
his cutter moved the way he wanted it to,
and he was building on his philosophy. But
there was a
better effort for sure. ".
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