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Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

BRADENTON, Fla. --Right-hander Evan Meek is working on getting back to the All-Star pitcher that he was in 2010. After posting a 2.14 ERA over 70 appearances in 2010, Meek battled right shoulder tendonitis for most of last season, appearing in just 24 games with Pittsburgh.

For some pitchers, it can take a while to regain their velocity in spring training, needing to build up their arm strength and innings. Meek, who last season never got back to the heaters that he threw the year prior because of injuries, has yet to see his velocity back to what it once was. Meek is still three or four mph slower than it was several years ago.

"It’s certainty not what it was when Evan was the All-Star [in 2010]," General Manager Neal Huntington said. "But even that spring training, [he was] 94-95. He’s been 90-93 [this spring]. It’s spiked at times. The movement, the short cut when he trusts it is good. Other times you see it bigger. That means he’s not letting it fly the way you’d like him to....

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