A baseball broadcaster will usually get a good laugh or end up on some blooper reel when he inadvertently says a reliever is "throwing up in the bullpen," but Monday night, it was actually true.
"When you're a late-inning pitcher, you have to be ready mentally," Frieri said. "Joe was getting ready to go into the game, he was warming up pretty good, and then he said he couldn't go. It was crazy. No one expected that."
Since he was demoted from the closer role April 25, Frieri has thrown 4 2/3 hitless innings in five appearances. His fastball has been more lively, and he's mixing in more sliders and changeups.