Mujica back after missing week with oblique injury
By Dave Sessions
Special to MLB.com |
ARLINGTON -- Manager John Farrell said reliever Edward Mujica was "cleared and ready to go" Friday after missing a week of action with a right oblique injury. But Farrell said he will be judicious about when to use the right-hander because of his struggles this season; he has a 9.00 ERA over 11 appearances.
Mujica's return to action will be in a low-leverage situation, if Farrell has his way, and the manager said the team has worked on some issues with Mujica's delivery.
"I think he just presented the ball early in his delivery to the hitter," Farrell said. "They were able to track it early in the flight towards home plate. So we're trying to do some things to maybe add a little deception or keep him on line a little bit more consistently."
Mujica signed a two-year, $9.5 million deal with Boston during the offseason. He has compiled a 3.87 ERA in nine seasons with five teams. Last year, he was 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 65 games with St. Louis.