The spring is still early, which makes the news that Chad Gaudin was feeling extra fatigued during his last start all the more disheartening. According to Mark Feinsand, Gaudin was extremely tired before, during and after yesterdays outing against the Tigers:
Gaudin, who started against the Tigers, grinded his way through three innings, giving up three runs in the second. After his departure, Gaudin said that he felt “body tired” thanks to the team’s grueling spring conditioning regimen, trying to account for his uneven outing.
“I had to try to create and do more, because I didn’t have it,” Gaudin said. “My legs weren’t under me and my arm didn’t have that whip, so it was one of those days when you don’t have anything and you still have to pitch with it.
Gaudin plans to speak with Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland to address the situation, which the pitcher attributes to the stark increase in running and weight work from any other camp he’s been a part of.
“My legs are fatigued and it shouldn’t be like that,” Gaudin said. “I’m going pretty hard, which is different. I’m going to have to find a medium if I can’t keep my legs underneath me. ” (source)
You have to applaud the fact that he continued to pitch despite feeling so exhausted, but I find it curious that the workouts don’t seem to be making any of the other pitchers feel as fatigued. You also have to wonder how the conditioning-crazy Girardi will embrace a lighter workout for the right-hander. Regardless, keep an eye on Gaudin’s next appearance. Depending on how things go, Sergio Mitre could quickly pass Gaudin in the race for the final spot in the rotation and Gaudin could find himself fighting for a spot in the bullpen.