DUNEDIN, FLA. - There are still plenty of kinks to work out, but it’s evident that R.A. Dickey is already in a more comfortable state of being in his second spring season with the Blue Jays than he was a year ago.
All you needed to do was look at the radar readout on the scoreboard in his Thursday spring debut against the Philadelphia Phillies. Dickey’s knuckleball was nudging the 80 m.p.h. mark, dipping and diving with movement that came only later in the 2013 season.
Dickey worked two innings with catcher Erik Kratz in Toronto’s 7-5 victory in the spring home opener, allowing two singles and two walks that led to one unearned run.
“It was moving quite a bit,” said Dickey. “It was tough to find the zone for a bit because it had such depth late. It was a good sign all around, really. They only hit pieces of it. The two hits I gave up were little flares. I was able to change speeds already and feel comfortable doing that. So there were a lot of positives."