Doug Brocail is flying to Houston after notifying Ed Wade he's experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder.
"I had tendinitis in Spring Training, and the tendinitis went away and I thought it was all done and over with. All of a sudden, it's back. Anytime I have to throw out of the windup to try to get on top of the ball, I'm in trouble. I'm a strike-thrower, and I couldn't find a release point to save my life."
Contrary to Mr. Brocail's statement, he hasn't exactly been a strike thrower so far this season. Regard:
3G, 2.1IP, 2H, 2ER, 2HR, 4BB/0K
46 pitches/21 strikes (45.7%)
13 batters faced, 7 outs (53.8%)
On April 4, the last game before the regular season, remember Doug took the L against the Indians, throwing 1IP and giving up 3R (2ER).
And if I may jog your memory back to February 20, where Brocail detailed the shoulder pain he felt during the first week of Spring Training:
"I get it every year," Brocail said. "It's just that I got it later than normal. Usually I get it about the second weekend of January. And this year, I got it the first week of February. Usually it takes about 2 ½ or three weeks to get rid of and I'm always done with it by spring training." This was the famous "hump up" quote. Click the link for context.