With the series split in Baltimore, the Tigers pull back to .500 and have named former starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter Zach Miner as the newest in what has become a revolving-door 5th spot in the rotation. This news out of Detroit had me wondering what the heck D-Train is up to down in Florida.
The guys over at LFTBlog were awesome enough to post a little video of Willis throwing last week in his first start with Lakeland.
As you can see below, its pretty clear that the Tigs pitching staff has calmed down his ridiculous leg kick and slowed down his approach to the plate considerably in light of his recent diagnosis of tendinitis in his landing-leg. The differences are pretty clear.
Here’s D-Train last year:
Here’s last week:
What does that mean for his short- and long-term prospects with Rock City? Freep has it this way.
Lakeland pitching coach Joe Coleman told The Lakeland Ledger that Thursday’s outing was “a very positive step toward Dontrelle’s return to Detroit.”
We’re going to learn a lot in the coming 12 days (3 with the Royals, 3 with the Palehose, and 4 with the Indians). Here’s hoping our $29M man is around to contribute.