April 18th, 2009

Zumaya rehabs much better with Mud Hens

After two outings with control issues for Class A Lakeland, it sounds like Joel Zumaya is back in form now that he’s up with Triple-A Toledo for the rest of his rehab. He pitched two scoreless innings on two singles with no walks and one strikeout.

I wasn’t at the game, so I can only give so many details. But listening to veteran Mud Hens play-by-play man Jim Weber on the radio call, it sounded like a very strong effort. Reportedly, he was consistently in the mid-90s on the radar gun at the new stadium in Columbus for his first inning, which took just 10 pitches, before he apparently amped up when he came back out. His lone strikeout was to the last hitter he faced, and he supposedly hit 101 mph on the stadium radar gun on two of his final three pitches. Don’t know how accurate that radar gun is, but there you have it. He also spotted a curveball or two for strikes, though not consistently.

Unofficial count: 26 pitches, 17 strikes.

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