PEORIA, Ariz.- It felt like a “wet spaghetti noodle,” said Padres RHP Jered Weaver as he talked about how his arm felt Wednesday.
The phenomenon known as “dead arm” causes pitcher’s arms to feel extremely loose and uncontrollable, just like a wet noodle. Often times when throwing with a “dead arm” pitchers will throw wild pitches.
Kansas City’s Paul Orlando and Salvador Perez payed the price of that side effect.
Orlando, who was the the first batter Weaver saw, was hit by a wild pitch, and two batters later, Weaver did the same thing to Perez.
Weaver then gave up two doubles and a single, all in a row. After that, his day on the mound was over.
When all was said and done, Weaver recorded 31 pitches, 16 of which were strikes, allowed four runs and only recorded two outs.
“Just kind of dealing with a little dead arm,” Weaver said to Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union Tribune. “It’s kind of one of those things where you feel good, but your arm just doesn’t quite want to work the way you want it to. It was a bit erratic, and I couldn’t really find the zone. … I’m trying to go down and away and missing up and in. It’s not really how I am.”