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Spring infield practice aids Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps with throwing motion

 

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The Marlins had reliever Carter Capps take infield practice during spring training in order to fix his delivery. Now that the hard-throwing pitcher has ironed out the kinks, the Marlins are reaping the benefits.

“He’s got his delivery back, his confidence level is back, and certainly his stuff speaks for itself,” Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said of Capps, whom the Marlins obtained from Seattle over the winter for Logan Morrison.

Capps, who started the season at Triple A New Orleans as he continued to work on his delivery, has been lights out in his two outings since being called up to join the bullpen. In four innings of work, he has struck out six and not allowed either a hit or a walk.

On Saturday, he threw two pitches that registered 100 mph and another that hit 101, bringing oohs and ahs from the crowd.

Capps’ pitching mechanics fell out of whack in Seattle last season, and he gave up 12 home runs in just 59 relief innings. The Marlins gave up Morrison for Capps, confident they could correct his flaws.

“Mechanically, he had slowed his tempo a little bit and got a little more [throwing] across his body,” Jennings said. “This spring, we were able to go get video. They looked at it and one day, [pitching coach Chuck Hernandez] went out and hit him ground balls at shortstop, let him pick them up and throw across, just to find his natural throwing slot.”

When Capps was sent to New Orleans, he continued to work on his delivery with Zephyrs pitching coach Charlie Corbell.

Likely rushing it

Jennings said Rafael Furcal is probably guilty -- like a lot of injured players -- of pushing to get back on the field too quickly.

“I think he wants to play so bad, he’s probably pushing it before he’s 100 percent,” Jennings said. “In his desire to come back I think he’s probably stretched himself a little further than he needs to.”

Furcal suffered another setback Friday, re-aggravating his groin injury in a rehab game for Double A Jacksonville. Jennings said he Furcal would be returning to South Florida to be re-examined.

“That’s the reason we went and got the guy, because of his mentality,” Jennings said. “So what you love about him is also a detriment right now.”

Coming up

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58 ERA) vs. New York Mets LHP (2-2, 2.20), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28) vs. Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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