Webster working on mechanics, in-game adjustments

Webster working on mechanics, in-game adjustments
August 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
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ST. LOUIS -- To call Allen Webster's most recent start for the Red Sox a disappointment would be an understatement.
   
Webster blew a 3-0 lead given to him in the first inning and didn't get out of the third inning, walking six along the way.

In preparation for his next start Friday in Anaheim, Webster has been working with pitching coach Juan Nieves on the side to try to correct some mechanical flaws in his delivery.

"We've been working hard on staying back (with his delivery), staying over the rubber," said Webster. "I'm feeling pretty confident right now."

Webster knew he needed to make some adjustments during the game against the Yankees, but couldn't do it.

"Not this last outing, but all season I've been doing good about (making in-game adjustments)," said Webster. "I should have been able to recognize it then and find (the answer) but now I'm feeling pretty good. I'm trying to put that one behind me and get back to where I was -- getting ahead of hitters, not walking people."

Nieves has had Webster perform some drills which involve "staying over my back leg and letting my arm get out front in time and stay through the ball," Webster said.

Ultimately, the Red Sox need to see him be able to carry the adjustments into the game.

"He's repeating his delivery in his side day," said Farrell. "We're also looking to see the adjustments that get made inside of a given game. That's always the challenge -- bringing the bullpen into the game and executing it, having the wherewithal to step off and regroup if those situations call for it and make the necessary adjustment.

"It's not about stuff, it's about making the adjustments. It's not uncommon for young pitchers, where you get into a situation where you're trying to do more, you're trying harder to throw a ball in a certain area and what that leads to is getting spread out in the delivery, the arm drags . . . A lot of times, less is (more)."