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Indians | Justin Masterson trying to build arm strength

Cleveland Indians SP Justin Masterson is increasing the volume of his four-seam fastballs during bullpen sessions in order to try and increase his arm strength and gain back some velocity on his pitches. "I think right now, he just can't find that four-seam velocity that he had last year," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "I wouldn't say he's reinventing himself. I think he's playing the cards that he's dealt right now. We're working towards finding the four-seam velocity again and he's been working hard." Masterson's average fastball velocity is down a few mph this season, as well as his slider. Regardless, he's struck out 15 and walked four for a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings in his last two outings.

Fantasy Tip: Some mechanical adjustments Masterson has made probably have something to do with his drop in velocity. It's still early in the year, so this trend isn't too alarming just yet, especially since he's having positive results.

2014-04-24 13:43:38 | Source: MLB.com - Jordan Bastian

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