Sep 12, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT
Hiroki Kuroda failed to make it out of the fifth inning yesterday and afterward admitted that the neck problems he’s struggled with in previous seasons are once again an issue.
Kuroda downplayed the severity, telling Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that “compared to what it’s been in the past it’s very mild.” However, he’s allowed 12 runs in his last 16.2 innings and explained: “My front shoulder has been opening up too quickly and my release point is off.”
Hernandez notes that Kuroda is scheduled to make three more starts this season, and is seven innings away from earning a $175,000 bonus and 17 innings away from getting another $200,000 bonus. That’s plenty of incentive to continue pitching through the pain.
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