After returning from the DL on June 9th, John Holdzkom is starting to show the promise that lead to his September success with the Pirates last year. In 10 innings of work since being activated, Holdzkom has allowed just five hits and one run. As for the success, Holdzkom points to how his arm feels.

“Just being healthy is pretty much the only difference,” Holdzkom said. “When you aren’t healthy, you have something extra to think about on the mound and it just takes away from your stuff.”

Most importantly, Holdzkom has walked only a pair of hitters, while striking out 13. Prior to being shut down for a month, the tall right-hander walked 13 hitters and struck out 14 in 11.1 innings. During the early part of the season, Holdzkom was only throwing for about half of his pitches for stri...

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