Play Ball 2011: Inconsistency plagues Pap

Play Ball 2011: Inconsistency plagues Pap
March 30, 2011, 8:30 am
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How much can you really gather from spring training, while the players are working themselves into shape and the games don't count?

Maybe not much. But in the case of Jonathan Papelbon, who turned in the worst season of his career last year, an impressive spring would have gone a long way to silence his doubters.

Instead, he spent the last month battling inconsistency and a subpar fastball, and the questions still linger: Will he be able to turn it on once the games start to mean something?

Sean McAdam and Lou Merloni answer.