Mark Appel was scheduled to make a start on Monday but instead was pulled/pushed back and is getting extra side work per the (High A) JetHawks pr.
Baseball America’s JJ Cooper tweeted this about Mark Appel’s recent pitching schedule.
Appel's days between his last 7 starts: 9-11-10-5-7-6-6 now 8 days for next start. Astros trying what they can to help.
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) July 21, 2014
Granted Appel has dealt with setbacks this year, appendectomy surgery (before spring training), problems with his right thumb, getting cortisone short in his right wrist both on his pitching hand.
Still Appel’s season has been less than stellar, he has pitched 38.1 innings during two stints with the Astros High A affiliate the Lancaster JetHawks, with a stint in extended spring training mixed in between.
In 11 starts in Lancaster, Appel has yet to make it past 5 innings and has a 10.80 ERA while allowing a .392 batting average against him. In the 38.1 innings Appel has pitched he has allowed 69 hits, for comparison Josh Harder another top prospect in Lancaster has tossed 95 innings and allowed the same amount of hits.
To say Appel is having issues is putting it lightly, the problem is how do you help him. The Chronicles Jesus Ortiz tweeted a couple weeks back that Hall of Famer Roger Clemens is going to head to Lancaster to check on Appel’s mental state sometime after the All Star break (which has passed), will it help… We sure hope so!
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