Evan Meek threw two innings today, allowing a run on two hits, with a strikeout and a home run. In Kristy's game recap, Clint Hurdle is quoted saying that Meek hit 94 MPH once, and was mostly around 92 MPH.
There has been some concern over Meek's velocity, and the concern is valid. The right-hander is recovering from a shoulder injury. Not every pitcher comes back from that. Meek used to throw in the mid-to-upper 90s, and now he's touching 94 once and sitting in the low-90s. There's no guarantee that his velocity will bounce back.
It's not like Tommy John surgery, where a pitcher has an elbow injury, has surgery, and a year later he's back to normal. There has been a lot of talk about Meek needing to add strength. But what if he can't add that strength back right away, or at all? He doesn't really stand out throwing 90-92 MPH, unlike when he was throwing 96+ and being viewed as a potential closer candidate.
The worst case scenario here is that Meek starts in Triple-A, or on the disa...
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