Monday, July 23, 2001
Harnisch's comeback hits another snag
By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MIAMI Though Pete Harnisch shrugged off the elbow discomfort he felt Sunday as no big deal, pitching coach Don Gullett called it a setback that could impede the right-hander's attempt to rejoin the Reds' starting rotation.
At the very least, it appears impossible that Harnisch will be able to unleash his fastball at 100 percent velocity this week, a goal Gullett established Friday after the Opening Day starter enjoyed a productive bullpen session while throwing at about 70 percent.
It just doesn't allow him to go any farther intensity-wise than what he was (Friday), Gullett said. There's no way, he tells me, that he could get out there in competition and let a ball go to try to get a hitter out right now. I'm disappointed; I feel bad for him.
Harnisch will begin his next throwing session Tuesday in Atlanta as if none of this ever happened. He'll throw on flat ground, then progress to pitching off a mound if he feels OK.
We'll see if maybe this was something that flared up this one time, Gullett said. Obviously, if he's experiencing what he experienced today, there's no need in continuing to throw off the mound because all that's going to do is inflame the area we're trying to get over the hump on. He doesn't feel anything throwing on flat ground.
Harnisch, whose come back attempt hit a snag in June, was reluctant to discuss the condition of his arm after his 50-pitch workout.
It's all right, he initially told reporters. Asked if the discomfort hit him right away, he replied, I don't know. It got a little tired, a little fatigued. That's the most pitches I've tried to throw.
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