Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Willis and Zumaya Updates

According to Jason Beck, Dontrelle Willis and Joel Zumaya both had encouraging rehab outings tonight. Willis pitched in Lakeland and Kyle from Motownsports captured the game on UTube.
In his first game off the disabled list, Willis pitched seven innings allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits but what really matters is that he threw strikes. He threw 58 strikes on 75 pitches and walked nobody. It was only a single-A game but he hasn't shown that kind of efficiency anywhere for a long time. He'll get another rehab outing for Double-A Erie on Sunday.

Zumaya threw one inning for Toledo tonight and retired the side including two strikeouts. He is also scheduled to pitch tomorrow which would be his first time pitching in back to back games this spring. If he passes that test, he might be back with the Tigers soon.

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