Speier Struggles

May 27, 2009 | 12:16 am | 3  

Reliever Ryan Speier needed 31 pitches to get two outs Tuesday in his first appearance on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

After making three appearances at high Class A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa, Speier joined the Sky Sox on Monday at Albuquerque. In Tuesday night’s game, which was suspended by rain after nine innings with the score tied at 7, Speier gave up four hits and four runs _ two on a homer by Mitch Jones _ with one strikeout.

Speier has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since April 19. Before the Rockies 7-1 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, manager Clint Hurdle mentioned Speier’s situation.

“We’re really trying to refine him — not redefine him — and get him locked into an arm slot, parallel to the ground,” Hurdle said. “It’s been much better lately, the consistency of it, than it was earlier.

“As we’d anticipated, when he had some people on base, his mind-set was he’d go back to getting his arm up, go back to where he was when he left. We’re really just getting him to maintain his arm slot and pitch with his arm on top of the ball.”

Speier took the mound in the eighth for the Sky Sox but was unable to finish the inning. Ryan Mattheus inherited a runner from Speier, and the runner scored when Mattheus gave up a three-run homer to Ching-lung Hu, his first of the season.

In addition to allowing a home run, Speier gave up a line drive single, an infield single and a run-scoring ground-rule double on a line drive to right field that was touched by a fan.

3 Comments »

  • Mike | May 27, 2009 | 10:12 am

    Isn’t the amount of time a player can be on the DL but partcipating in games limited? If so, is Speier out of options? If they feel he’s more useful with the lower arm angle, I’m all for the experiment.

    I’ve not noticed his moving slot; does he raise his angle vs. lefties? Some sidearmers use that approach.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | May 27, 2009 | 11:42 am

    Mike, a pitcher can spend 30 days on a rehab assignment. A postion player can spend 21 days.

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