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Javier Vazquez hoping physical therapist can help him find lost velocity

Dec 2, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

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Earlier this week I wrote about how Javier Vazquez’s significant drop in velocity this season makes him far from a sure thing to bounce back in 2011 simply because he was leaving New York and returning to the National League.

Vazquez apparently feels the same way, because Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that “he’s not sure why his fastball velocity was down” and “is working with a physical therapist” in an attempt to find the lost miles per hour.

Here’s what Vazquez had to say about his average fastball declining from 91.1 mph in 2009 to 88.7 mph this season:

It’s a fact that I had a really tough year last year. I guess I can say that I don’t know what happened to my velocity. I guess I’m at a point in my career now, I’m 34, with a lot of innings in my arm. I want to start working with a physical therapist to do exercises and stretching. I’m going to start doing that as part of my off-season and in-season [program].

Capozzi notes that Vazquez has thrown the second-most innings of any pitcher since 2000 and he certainly wouldn’t be the first pitcher to lose significant velocity in his mid-30s, so while a pre-signing MRI exam reportedly revealed no major issues the Marlins are definitely taking a risk with his one-year, $7 million deal.

On the other hand Vazquez is one season removed from a Cy Young-caliber year with the Braves and smartly noted that the Marlins’ ballpark should play to his strengths, saying: “I’m a fly-ball pitcher and [Atlanta's] ballpark helped me a lot. Hopefully it’s going to be the same in Miami.”

  1. Old Gator - Dec 2, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    It’s true. Joeprodolsharklife Stadium has an enormous amount of air in it. That’s because so little of its atmosphere is displaced by fans.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2010 at 9:17 PM

      If there are not many fans at the stadium, think of the positive environmental impact as the paucity of fans reduces the amount of greenhouse gases produced in the j………………e Stadium.

      • Old Gator - Dec 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM

        True, and if it never snowed in Canada, not only would beaver be available on a year-round basis, but the reduced albedo might solve global warming all by itself.

  2. pisano - Dec 2, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    “he’s not sure why his fastball velocity was down” See father time,he gets us all Javy!

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