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Blue Jays’ Howell lost and found in minors

July 16th, 2017 at 8:10 PM
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BUFFALOâ??It wasn’t just one or two things that J.P. Howell was struggling with when the left-handed reliever landed on the disabled list in early June, yet to return to the big leagues level six weeks later.

The velocity on his sinker â?? which he used more than 60 per cent of the time in 8 2/3 innings out of the ‘pen for the Blue Jays this year â?? was in the low-80s rather than his career average of 87 miles per hour. His sharpness wasn’t there. He wasn’t locating his pitches. He was falling off the mound. There was shoulder tightness.

A consistent major-leaguer for a handful of years â?? his last DL stint heading into this season came in 2010, his last trip to the minors in 2011 â?? Howell had developed enough vices on the mound that they started to add up. The 34-year-old’s ERA ballooned to 8.31 ERA and he stopped getting the call from the bullpen.

“I felt lost,” Howell, who signed a one-year deal with Toronto in January, said this past week. “You just feel like you don’t know what you’re doing and you’ve done it your …

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