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MLB Handicapping: Analyzing pitchers who threw in the World Baseball Classic

04.06.2017     10:26 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
We've been hearing mixed reports on whether or not pitchers who tossed in the WBC are more vulnerable to injuries and/or struggles. Injuries can obviously occur in spring training as well but spring training is a far more laid back and controlled environment. We've already seen two pitchers who threw in the WBC hit the shelf with New York's Seth Lugo hoping to avoid Tommy John and Drew Smyly receiving plasma injections for a bum elbow and placed on the 60-day DL. For some, throwing in WBC has had no negative impact. Minnesota's Hector Santiago said it actually helped him better prepare for the MLB season. Below is a list of prominent pitchers who threw in the WBC and how they've fared thus far.

“Honestly, you're asking the players to amp it up a little bit more … for this venue than they would in their normal spring training,’’ Leyland said. “Spring training is more of a lengthy process where they just kind of go at their own pace. So it can be a little dangerous because you’re asking them to amp it up a little bit quicker than they normally would. That’s the one thing that makes you a little nervous.’’

Hector Santiago - 5 IP, 1 ER vs. Kansas City
Jhoulys Chacin - 3.1 IP, 9 ERs vs. Los Angeles
Carlos Martinez - 7.1 IP, 0 ER vs. Chicago
Felix Hernandez - 5 IP, 2 ER vs. Houston, left due to groin
Jose Quintana - 5.1 IP, 6 ER vs. Detroit
Tanner Roark - 6 IP, 2 ER vs. Miami
Julio Teheran - 6 IP, 0 ER vs. New York
Drew Smyly - 60-day DL, elbow
Seth Lugo - Threw 15 IP in WBC, now on DL, elbow
Marcus Stroman: Led WBC with 15.1 IP, at Tampa Bay tonight


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