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Andrew Bailey feels he has a good grip on things

08.14.12 at 10:14 am ET

BALTIMORE ‘€“ Since Andrew Bailey last pitched in a major league game he made a unique discovery. Through analysis of all things regarding his injured thumb, it was brought to the pitcher’€™s attention that his grip (on every pitch) includes placing his thumb underneath the baseball.

‘€œOne of our trainers, Mike Reinold, said, ‘€˜How do you grip a baseball?’€™ I showed him and then I went around the clubhouse and figured out I was the only who does it,’€ Bailey said. ‘€œIt’€™s just one of those weird things where we’€™re looking at all the evidence, I guess.’€

So, with Bailey trying to put his UCL surgery in the rear-view mirror, while trying to regain the momentum of his big league career, the question has to be asked: Will he try and take stress of his surgically-repaired thumb and alter the way he holds a baseball?

‘€œNo,’€ he said. ‘€œI figured if I could go another 28 years without having the surgery I will be OK. Talking to the doctors, it’€™s just a freak thing. Everything feels normal now. It’€™s all behind me.’€

Bailey wants to reiterate that his method of throwing a baseball has nothing to do with the injury sustained in spring training.

And, after giving up just one run over six appearances ‘€“ striking out 10 and walking one ‘€“ in his recent rehab assignment, Bailey continues to have confidence in maintaining his usual approach.

‘€œIt is different,’€ said the righty of his grip. ‘€œDr. [Thomas] Graham said it’€™s one of those things that weakened over time and I feel I could have done it doing anything. But now it’€™s strong, just like it was before. It feels good.’€

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