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Collins unconcerned about Paulino’s absence
“We’ve got a lot of time to get him ready,” Collins said Thursday. “Six weeks for spring training is about getting the pitching staff ready. I think you can get a hitter ready to play in 10 days or two weeks, to be honest.”
“He can learn that fast,” Collins said. “He’ll get familiar, and he’ll be sitting around all those meetings with the pitchers as we get ready to play.”
“I saw a changeup today I never saw him throw before, and I thought it was a great pitch,” Collins said. “He said he hasn’t used it, but it really had good life to it, and with his arm speed, I think it could be really effective.”
The 38-year-old reliever said he hasn’t thrown a changeup on a regular basis since around 1996, his last full season as a starter.
“I’ll keep throwing it then, if he likes it” Isringhausen said. “All you have to do is show those guys (hitters) on video you have a changeup, so they have to keep it in the back of their mind. Will it be my bread and butter? Not right now, but it could be. I always told myself I could do anything with a baseball if I worked at it.”
Collins also was pleased to see Carlos Beltran running bases. The outfielder is building strength in his surgically repaired right knee and likely will be used as a designated hitter early in the exhibition season.
“That’s a huge sign because he told me when he starts rounding the bases, he will be closing to playing,” Collins said.
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