D-Train Getting Back on Track
To say the 2008 season was a disappointment for Dontrelle Willis and the Detroit Tigers would be a gross understatement.
Willis, part of a trade that also brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit, was expected to serve as a No. 2 guy behind Justin Verlander but instead was beset by a litany of problems after the Tigers offered the lefty a $29 million extension.
Willis entered 2008 noticeably heavier, which affected his delivery; on top of that, he injured his knee while pitching on a rain-slick mound in Chicago. The final insult came in June when Willis, nursing an ERA over 10, was demoted all the way down to single-A Lakeland (Fla.).
After working on his mechanics, Willis was recalled in September where he went 0-1 in three outings. But now in spring training, reports out of Tigers camp are that Willis is back into form.
Willis, who will start in the Tigers' exhibition game Friday, is now working in more change ups and breaking balls to complement his fastball and receiving praise based on his batting practice throwing sessions.
"He looked really good," manager Jim Leyland said. "Good life, good movement, throwing strikes. ... He looks tremendous right now, to be honest with you."
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