Neither Dusty Baker or Erick Fedde seemed particularly concerned, at least publicly, when the 24-year-old right-hander’s velocity dropped noticeably during his start in Washington, D.C. last week.
This afternoon, Fedde, the Nationals’ 2014 1st Round pick, was placed on the 10-Day DL with a right forearm flexor strain.
Fedde, who’s averaged 93-96 mph with his sinker this season sat around 91 mph against the Mets, but threw 112 pitches total in the nation’s capital.
Baker said that he did, obviously, notice that there wasn’t much separation between Fedde’s fastball and offspeed offerings.
“I couldn’t tell between his changeup and his fastballs,” Baker said, “... they were saying changeup on the board up there, but it looked like they were fastballs to me.
“He wasn’t throwing as hard as he usually does.”
Asked if that was a reason for concern, Baker said, “I don’t know.”
“I think he has under 100 innings this year, so I don’t know what the problem is.”
Fedde was up to 105 2⁄3 innings total between Double-A, Triple-A, and the majors after that outing. He didn’t seem too concerned about the velocity either, however.
“I’m not too worried about it,” Fedde said. “I think it’s something that it’s late in the year, maybe just the body is a little sore, a little tired, but I think it will be right back up there.”
After posting a 3.04 ERA and 3.25 FIP in 17 games, seven starts and 56 1⁄3 IP at Double-A Harrisburg, Fedde made 12 appearances and six starts at Triple-A (4.75 ERA, 3.55 FIP in 34 IP) between trips to the majors where he put up a 9.39 ERA (16 ER in 15 1⁄3 IP) and a 7.18 FIP in three starts for the Nationals.
In addition to the announcement on Fedde, the Nationals recalled both A.J. Cole, who will start against the Marlins tonight in Miami, and backstop Pedro Severino, who was optioned to Triple-A last back on August 25th after his latest stint in the majors.