And it's only Spring Training!
Washburn allowed one hit in his first three innings using nothing but fastballs. He started mixing in his other pitches and the results were a little different.
“I don’t think it was as bad as it looked,” Washburn said. “It still wasn’t one of my better games. Things like this get you ready for the season when you have to make adjustments on the fly and figure out what is wrong. It gets your mind working again.”
Melting down in the final innings of a start? Brushing your eventual poor outing off with incidental excuses? Jarrod Washburn is just one catcher scapegoating from being ready to go, and Opening Day is still three weeks away!
Well, then again, Kenji Johjima IS playing for Japan in the World Baseball Classic. Perhaps that too will fall into place once he returns.