"A number of pitches in the middle of the plate," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Mujica's latest work. "The arm strength is increasing. We're seeing better velocities. And yet, there's been a few things at play here."
Farrell admitted that Mujica's command hasn't been what it was a year ago. He's walked four in 10 innings in 2014, whereas last season he walked just five in 64.2 innings. Pitching coach Juan Nieves has worked with Mujica on keeping closed during his delivery so as to maintain a greater level of deception.
"I'm feeling much more comfortable," Mujica said, "with my pitches and my delivery and everything when I stay more closed to the plate."
"I think if you stay closed, it helps me with my location, especially with lefthanders, trying to go away," Mujica said. "Sometimes when I open it up all the fastballs is moving inside for lefties. Yesterday I threw a couple pitches away that were pretty good."
"I'm playing catch every day, I'm throwing flat ground every single day," he said. "You know the doubleheader the day before, I threw a bullpen, I warmed up twice in case we got it tied in the ninth inning in the second game. I was in the game. And I've just been working a lot with my delivery, flat grounds.
"I don't care if you got like four days [off]. It's good for us, because it's rest for your arm. The important thing is to keep working every single day."
"Just trying to get back out there, get confidence from John," Mujica said. "Just get out there, make my pitches."
"To a certain extent, [Friday] night was one of those," Farrell said. "We're also coming off a day where we used every other reliever because of the doubleheader. Edward's gonna be critical for us. He and [Craig Breslow] getting back in the mix more consistently, we're gonna need those two guys to spell others and allow for proper rest for the entire relief group."