A.J. Burnett tinkered with his delivery during yesterday’s bullpen session. In order to keep his arm straight coming forward, he experimented with keeping his hands at the mid-chest level and not swinging them backward.
“I want to see if it helps me,” said Burnett, who faces the Red Sox Thursday night in Boston. “Maybe it will give me more control.”
After the bullpen session, Burnett said, “It was good in the stretch; the windup is going to take work.”
It’s hard to read a lot into this considering that most of the time when teams talk about this kind of stuff with the media they are just trying to change the story. Also, with the way Burnett has been pitching lately it seems very hard to believe that there is one or two things that can be done to correct the ship.
Either way, it is good that they are at least trying something. Burnett has been a disaster for about two months now and only up until recently have his manager and general manager not supported him blindly. I just wonder if there is a possible adjustment to be made, he might just simply be a bad pitcher.