Thursday, July 08, 2004
Beckett’s blistering heat is also his curse
from the Sun-Sentinel (Miami), Beckett’s blistering heat is also his curse:
Beckett's blisters come midway or later in games, meaning it takes a while for the skin to come undone. But when it does, it is the equivalent of the leader's tire blowing in a NASCAR race. Beckett is done, and not just for the night.If Beckett can't reliably handle a starters workload without getting blisters, why not move him to the pen? If he pitched one to two innings every other game, on average, the Marlins could get 100 to 150 innings of output, and he could be the main reliever handling high-leverage situations late in the game. That seems to me to be a lot less risky than tinkering with his delivery.
Beckett is on the 15-day disabled list for the fifth time since the first blister appeared in April 2002.