Intrasquad games don't have much intrigue. The environment is so controlled that it really doesn't allow for it.
And Tuesday’s instrasquad game -- which most notably gave starters
But as Hammel and Jurrjens' days neared an end, the next round of pitchers warming up caught my eye.
The pitcher warming up next to Johnson looked unfamiliar. I knew I hadn't seen a delivery like that in camp so far.
It was non-roster invitee
We haven't talked much about McCutchen. He's kind of been lost in the shuffle among all the pitchers here in camp, but his new delivery -- in which he almost frenetically uncoils into a low three-quarters style motion -- was enough to raise eyebrows.
For McCutchen, the tweak -- which was the
He’s not like 6-foot-9 left Mark Hendrickson or 6-foot-8 right-hander
The timing is interesting, too. McCutchen has recorded three straight scoreless relief appearances before allowing five runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings last Thursday. So, one rough outing was enough to tinker with McCutchen's motion.
Granted, Orioles manager
We will see how it goes. McCutchen had a rough start Tuesday, hitting one batter in the neck, walking another and throwing a wild pitch. But keep in mind, this was McCutchen's first time throwing to hitters with this new arm slot.
One other note from the intrasquad game: I think Jurrjens took a big move forward with three solid innings. Of the 10 outs he recorded, eight were by strikeout.
Yes, it was just an intrasquad game, but Jurrjens looks more crisp and confident on the mound. He's always had a positive outlook this spring, but there was a little extra excitement in his voice when talking about building his strength in his fight for a rotation spot.
The decision on Jurrjens is far from being made.
Jurrjens still seems to be on the outside looking in for a rotation spot, but he's definitely starting to show progress. And everyone knew rebuilding his strength would be a process.
Tonight’s game against the