5/21 Howry: I can still pitch

Bob Howry says the Cubs called him shortly after he was designated for assignment by the D-backs to see if the right-hander still wanted to pitch and still thought he could be effective.

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could [still pitch],” Howry said. “It’s not a situation where you’re doing it to make a paycheck. If I didn’t think I could pitch, I wouldn’t come back.”

What happened in Arizona?

“You can’t blame it on velocity,” Howry said. “Almost every year at the beginning of the season, my velocity is down. If you execute your pitches and hit locations, then you can still be successful. Unfortunately, I didn’t hit my spots as well as I needed to and just kind of steamrolled.”

— Carrie Muskat


I’ll believe it when I see it and I haven’t seen it for three years.

Ok, I may have jumped the gun on my pronouncement as it looks like he had a good year last year, but this year has been a disaster and last year wasn’t great, but certainly serviceable. Again, I’ll wait and see what happens.

I know the Cubs need some help in the bullpen but I just can’t see how they can justify going back to the well on Howry. There was a reason the Cubs let him go and there was probably a reason the DBacks designated him for assignment. What’s the use in banging our heads against the wall? The Cubs need a clutch hit more than they need another mediocre relief pitcher.

Under the circumstances there isn’t much risk. I mean do you really think moving Berg is some kind of loss? The make or break with Bob Howry is, and will be, his ability to spot the ball. As it was with Silva, a new chance and good coaching might be all that is needed, maybe. Howry was and is liked by the staff the change of scenery might do well. After all, there is only a fine line to reach effectiveness. If it works it will be genius, if not, you can always get Berg back.

Right Bob, hold the paychecks then?
Next in line: Wood, Hawkins, Gregg….let’s bring em all back.
Hendry is desperate and Howry was one of if not the only “affordable” moves to be made. Hendry painted himself into a corner this last year and this year.

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