All of the warning signs are there for a James McDonald injury. - Image Credit: David Hague
After the first start of the year from James McDonald, I got a question. "What is up with his velocity? Is he injured?"
McDonald's velocity was down in the first game of the year. He ranged from about 87-92 MPH, but averaged 89 MPH with his fastball. Looking at this chart from FanGraphs, it was the first time in the last three seasons that he's averaged below 90 MPH in a game. He's only averaged 90 once. That start came last year, in his second outing of the season. He was normal the rest of the year.
I didn't want to speculate an injury. It was one start, and it was cold. It wouldn't have been out of the ordinary for him to have a low velocity, just like he did in the second start last Apr...
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