The Detroit Free Press is reporting that JV is giving up on his knuckle-curve to throw more of a traditional curveball this year. Apparently the knuckle-curve was hard on his fingers.
Has anyone seen the new curveball yet, and, if so, any thoughts? For me, this does create some concern for JV. In the first half, his knuckle-curve was an excellent complement to his FB, and I wonder how his touch will be on the new pitch. If he can't locate an effective curveball, I think he could have some trouble with hitters sitting on the FB, which was one of the reasons he struggled in the second half last year.