Sometimes pitchers go through dead-arm
periods," Gabella said.
Nothing is hurting, but he is just going through a little bit of a lull or a dead-arm
period," said Torre, who spoke with Schmidt by phone.
Pitching coach John Farrell described Okajima's problem as a kind of dead-arm
fatigue that many pitchers experience.
They would like to believe this starting pitching debacle - which came to a head when Wolf blew up in Tuesday's 12-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs in front of a Cactus League-record 13,046 at the Ballpark - is merely a result of the dead-arm
period that almost always happens around this time, when guys have spent more than a month throwing off mounds, throwing batting practice and throwing in meaningless exhibition games.
Schmidt's rehab program had clicked along hitch-free until now, and dead-arm
is an affliction that often strikes pitchers, even healthy ones, at various times during the season after they have been throwing for a few months.
Honeycutt wondered aloud whether Loaiza might be going through a simple dead-arm
period, a plausible theory given that Loaiza has made five starts since missing most of the season while recovering from knee surgery.
There's nothing mechanically wrong with him, I think he's going through a little dead-arm
period," Scioscia said.
Pitchers routinely go through a dead-arm
period late in spring training that usually subsides by the start of the regular season.
He likened it to a dead-arm
period and planned on pitching through it.
While he was still dominant on the mound, Gagne said he began to experience something akin to dead-arm
during spring training that never really went away.