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First Pitch: Jim Benedict Has Been a Busy Guy in Extended Spring Training

First Pitch: Jim Benedict Has Been a Busy Guy in Extended Spring Training

I spent a lot of time the last two days covering extended Spring Training, focusing mostly on the upper level guys who only project to be there for a short amount of time. Today I had articles looking at three different pitchers in three different circumstances, all with the same underlying trend -- Jim Benedict was trying to get them back on track.

Story number one was about Jameson Taillon, who is returning from Tommy John surgery. Back during Spring Training I interviewed Taillon and Benedict about the changes over the years in his mechanics. The focus this time around has been getting Taillon back to his mechanics after his injury.

The importance of that can be seen by the next two stories. I talked with Charlie Morton about how he's trying to get back to his 2013 mechanics, and ...

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