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Next stop for the D-Train: the bullpen

Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Dontrelle Willis The latest attempt at resurrecting Dontrelle Willis' career is as a lefty-handed specialist, the Arizona Republic 's Nick Piecoro writes .

Willis has walked 27 batters in 21 1/3 innings since coming to Detroit this month and pitched five or fewer innings in four of his five starts with the Diamondbacks.

However, as Piecoro notes, there's been one thing Willis has done well, and that's retire left-handers. Lefties are hitting .188/.278/.261 against him this season. He's walked just eight left-handed batters in 80 plate appearances and struck out 28 lefties.

"It's worth a shot," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch told the Republic. "His troubles  have primarily been against right-handed hitters. If you look at how he's handled lefties this year, he's been pretty good. Suffice to say, that's the situations I would try to lead him towards."

Willis told Piecoro he understands the decision.

"I think it'll help me get myself right, get my arm slot to where I want to be," Willis said. "I can't continue to walk guys and expect to win. You have to put somebody in there who will throw strikes."

Although the Tigers are playing most of Willis' $12 million salary, it's still a last option before cutting bait entirely and it's not as if it's going to cost the 30-47 Diamondbacks the pennant.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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