One of the factors that will go into this year’s bullpen is the return of Blaine Boyer. Boyer pitched in 43 games in 2005 and posted a 3.11 ERA before getting injured in 2006 and having surgery on his shoulder.
I liked what we saw of Mr. Boyer before his injury – and I am glad that he feels he’s ready to return. After his surgery in 2006, he tweaked his oblique at the end of spring training last season and had to recover from not being able to even bend over. At the end of last season he pitched with Richmond and they played well into September, and he’s been throwing since mid-December in the off-season and working his arm back up to full strength.
There’s really no way to tell what we can expect from Boyer – he has the potential to be a very strong bullpen arm. He has to prove his consistency though – and stay healthy throughout the entire season. I think – if he stays healthy – Boyer will be one of the pleasant surprises out of our bullpen this year. He could surpass his appearances in 2005 and provide us with a strong arm.
Boyer himself agrees – being quoted in a recent ChopTalk issue as saying “I really feel like I can be a lights-out, strong pitcher coming out of the bullpen.”
We hope so too, Blaine.
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