'Dead arm' might alter workload of GreenJackets' Agosta

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Augusta GreenJackets starter Martin Agosta walked two, hit two batters and allowed a two-run single before getting three outs in the first inning of Saturday’s game. That was all for him in his 13th start of the season.

GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said Agosta is going through “dead arm.” Goff said he didn’t want to take a chance with a second inning of work with him fighting it and losing his mechanics.

As Goff confirmed after the game, Agosta’s mechanics showed an attempt to compensate for the dead arm. He was losing six to seven miles per hour on his fastball, and his usual slight crossfire motion began losing energy to the first base side. His arm angle and release point became the victims, and he missed both sides often.

“He was feeling for it,” Goff said. “When a guy is a couple miles an hour down, it’s no big deal. When it’s six or seven, something isn’t right. It’s just not worth it. He’s going through a little dead arm. If we’ve got to give him a start or two off, so be it. His career is more important than one start in Augusta.”

Agosta entered the game having thrown seven innings in each of his past four starts, including a one-inning stint in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Goff indicated Agosta wanted to return for a second inning, but he was pulled.

Agosta threw 114 innings between St. Mary’s and the Arizona League last season, but a workload is usually heavier in full-season ball. Time will tell whether this affects future starts.

DUFFY RETURNS: Since returning from the disabled list Thursday, shortstop Matt Duffy is 5 for 15 with a double and three RBI in four games.

Duffy went on the disabled list after getting pulled from a May 28 game with a sprained ankle. Duffy hurt the ankle diving back for second base to avoid getting doubled up on a line drive.

After sitting nearly a month, the team’s leading hitter picked up where he left off, recording five hits in his past three games, including three RBI in his past two. His batting average is .301 entering the week, with 34 walks to 32 strikeouts. Duffy leads the team in average, on-base and slugging percentage, and walks.

Duffy was rudely welcomed back when a bad hop sprang to his face and left a cut on his eye in his first game Thursday. He was able to stay in the game.

INJURY UPDATES: In order to open a roster spot for Duffy, the San Francisco Giants disabled shortstop Alberto Robles with a right hand injury related to the hamate bone.

Robles was originally placed on the GreenJackets roster to fill the position for Duffy. He hit .245 with three extra-base hits and three stolen bases while playing steady defense.

Reliever Derek Law was sent on a rehab assignment for an ankle injury that led to a disabled list stint. Law has made one rehab appearance in the Arizona League, allowing one run in one inning on Saturday. His ankle reportedly responded well to the outing.

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