Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell says he was impressed with Ryan Dempster's latest throwing session. After his first seven starts Dempster's ERA was not that impressive at only 2.93 but he has upped that to a staggering 10.66 in his last three starts. The adjustments he made to help himself get back on track really helped improve his throwing in the last few starts he has had.
Manager John Farrell also said he believes that the last few bad throwing matches Dempster had really helped him to focus and improve his throwing motion which was quite off in recent play.
"He's been pushing the ball, and from a timing standpoint in his delivery, he's just been out of sync somewhat," Farrell said. "His side session the other day was encouraging from the standpoint of being able to repeat that delivery, and that's what we'll need from him tomorrow."
Dempster has also reportedly been dealing with a groin injury. Farrell described the injury as a "cramping sensation in his groin.". The latest news indicate he will start on Tuesday against the Phillies.
"The fact is he's not only not worked downhill, it's taken away the shape and execution of his secondary pitches," Farrell said. "When he was right or when he was throwing well he'd be able to go to the slider or that cutter at any time in the count, or particularly on 3-2 for a number of strikeouts."