Are Drabek's mechanics messed up?

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As far as pitching coach Bruce Walton believes, there is nothing wrong with Kyle Drabek’s mechanic’s and he isn’t a ticking time bomb as far as shoulder or elbow injuries go.

A story on SI.com by Tom Verducci, however, suggests otherwise.

In Verducci’s yarn, which is about Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg — who is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery and will miss the season — he writes that mechanical flaws led to his injury.

The problem faced by Strasburg and other pitchers that have broken down, such as former Jay Shaun Marcum, Verducci writes, is that their mechanics weren’t in sync when it came to the critical cocking phase of their arm, elbow and shoulder. Ideally, they all should be lined up perfectly when a pitcher’s stride foot hits the ground. The theory is that if the cocking is early or late, it puts undue stress on the elbow and shoulder and leads to breakdowns.

The story goes on to mention some up-and-coming young pitchers who arrive late and may have future problems, one being the Jays’ Drabek.

“His delivery doesn’t make him late,” Walton contends. “As long as Kyle stays over the rubber, there’s nothing wrong with his delivery that’s going to cause him to be late.

“So I don’t think there’s a mechanical flaw.”

Walton said he hasn’t observed anything in Drabek’s mechanics that would cause him to think “danger zone.”

“No, not at all,” Walton said.


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