March 16, 2008

Kickin' It Old School

Matt Chico, who was ticketed for the slow train to Columbus, is crediting a rediscovered high school-era windup for his successful five inning, 1-run, 4 strikeout outing versus the Indians last week. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who originally drafted Chico, asked him to drop the high leg kick to simplify his windup. An NTP source close to Radio City Music Hall the team passed along this exclusive photo of Chico's most recent bullpen session.

Encouraged by Chico's improvement, pitching coach Randy St. Clair is pushing John Patterson to add a box step and a rond de jambe to his windup. However, there is no truth to the rumor that Extended Spring Training for pitchers has been relocated to the Moulin Rouge.

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