Hickey On His Pitchers
Earlier today, pitching coach Jim Hickey was on MLB Network Radio with Jeff Rickard and Mel Antonen and discussed a few of the starting pitchers including when some injured arms will be back in the fold.
On Chris Archer:
He has high-end stuff to begin with and a well-above average slider that he throws for better strikes than he does his fastball. He gets into the strike zone and keeping hitters on the defensive. The thing that helps him is a combination of the high-octane fastball and the ability to throw his slider in fastball counts.
On David Price:
Price has been dominant and efficient. I think he made a commitment to be in attack mode…and he has had an impact on Archer. David is leading by example and Archie is watching it carefully.
On Matt Moore:
He has a three-inning simulated game today. If that goes well, he will have a rehab start five days from now and I expect him to be back somewhere around September 2nd to September 4th.
On Jesse Crain:
Crain is about ready to get on the mound. It is an uncertain timetable, but in my experience, we are probably not looking at him being ready until around the 10th of September.
On Alex Cobb:
He is a real tough hard scrabble former high school quarterback who has a great attitude, which has helped. He has come back and has looked better than I thought he would.