Jeremy Guthrie has been a professional since 2003, a big-leaguer since 2007 and his place at the back of the Royals starting rotation is secure. So there is little to analyze in his spring training appearances other than the obvious.
After he gave up three runs in his two-inning Cactus League debut in Tuesday’s 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Guthrie offered a glib answer about his goals for the day.
“I wanted to throw a fastball harder than 91 mph,” Guthrie said. “That was what I was hoping for. You disappear for five months, you come back and just hope the arm goes as fast as before. So I had the arm strength up.
“But, no, I didn’t have any specific plan other than to throw at least a couple of each off-speed pitch and try to command my fastball.”
Guthrie achieved his objective. His fastball sat around 90 mph for much of the day, but the radar gun at Surprise Stadium clocked him at 92 mph on multiple occasions. He still gave up three runs in two innings.
The day did not start well for him. Guthrie plunked Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton with his second pitch of the game. Micah Johnson chopped a double off third baseman Mike Moustakas’ glove in the next at-bat, starting a string of four hits in the frame.
“I thought he threw the ball OK,” manager Ned Yost said. “His first inning, he was a little bit out of sync. His second inning was much better. Got into his delivery.”
Guthrie rebounded to breeze through his next frame. The results were fine, for this portion of the season.
In terms of the first outing, Guthrie said, “I was really pleased with the way the pitches came out of my hand.”
From The Star
1. Brandon Finnegan made his Cactus League debut. It was an up-and-down outing. Randy Covitz chronicled Finnegan’s day.
2. Alex Gordon and Omar Infante both took successful rounds of batting practice. Infante will play DH on Wednesday. Gordon says he remains on track for Opening Day.
3. Chris Young threw live batting practice on Tuesday. He’ll make his first appearance in a game for the Royals on Friday.
4. Tim Collins will visit Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his damaged left elbow.
5. Here is our daily video dispatch from Surprise.
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“Time” by Merchandise