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Jackson, Detwiler work out kinks

Mar 3, 2012, 10:21 PM EST

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Edwin Jackson tossed two scoreless innings this afternoon.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Steve McCatty spent the first two weeks of spring training working with Edwin Jackson on mechanical changes to his windup, the Nationals pitching coach hoping to get his right-hander to correct flaws that may have led to him tipping pitches.

Now that the Grapefruit League has commenced and there are actual batters standing at the plate, McCatty doesn't want Jackson thinking about any of that stuff any more.

"We're not going to make a mechanical issue about anything," McCatty said following today's game against the Astros. "We're not talking about tipping. Nothing. I want him to feel nice and smooth. I want him to feel like everything's working together and not always worry about all the other garbage that goes on."

Easier said than done. Though Jackson enjoyed a few encouraging moments during his two innings of work, he admitted it was still aRead more »

  1. Cwj - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Mark Z- How did Jackson's pitches "look"? Location aside, was his fastball fast and have movement, was his slider crisp, etc. I'm very curious to actually see him pitch other than brief clips of past seasons.

  2. Cwj - Mar 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I think Detwiler profiles well as a reliever.He wont have to face a full lineup more than once in a game, and has better stuff than Gorzelanny, I believe.

  3. SonnyG10 - Mar 4, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I'd like to see him make it as a starter, but he needs to make some progress to get there.

  4. Scooter - Mar 4, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    Cwj, there's a real limit to what I could see, down near the field but off to the side. You can see up/down pretty well, but not inside/outside. But my dad and I both thought he looked kinda all over the place.Take that for what it's worth, for this one practice game. He did look fastish, though.

  5. DaveB - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    These guys are just building-up arm strength at this point, it's way too early to wonder how specific pitches looked, some pitchers barely throw anything other than fastballs during Spring Training to strengthen themselves, or they experiment with new pitches that may or may not work. Their last start in March, as opposed to their first, is when you'll see them trying to get locked-in for the start of the season.

  6. Cwj - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Thanks for the responses Sonny, Scooter and DaveB!

  7. Anonymous - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Durbin threw two scoreless innings.





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