Davis' rough outing due to "dead arm"
RHP Wade Davis said he had “a little bit of dead arm” Sunday which was part of the reason for his poor performance.
Pitchers typically talk of a "dead arm" period at this stage of the spring when they don't feel strong or look sharp, and Davis certainly wasn't, allowing nine hits and a walk to the 16 batters he faced.
Davis said he left too many balls up and when he did pitch to contact, “a couple found some holes.’’ He also said he learned a lesson, that he should have switched sooner from his four-seam to his two-seam fastball, which is easier to keep down.
The poor outing comes as the Rays are closing in on a decision between Davis and Andy Sonnanstine for the fifth spot in the rotation. “I don’t know if today mattered or not; it always sucks to not throw well,'' he said. ’’ I don’t know what they're thinking. I know I'm going to win as many ballgames this year wherever - hopefully I'm in the big leagues.''
In four spring starts, Davis (1-1, 10.24) has gone more than two innings only once, and allowed 25 of 52 batters to reach base over 9 2/3 innings.