Some baseball players hit a wall during the dog days of August. The grind of a long season can take its toll. For RedHawks right-hander Asher Wojciechowski, the past six weeks have been more like spring training.
Wojciechowski, who will start Sunday night’s game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, suffered a strained lateral muscle under his armpit a week before he reported to spring training. He suffered another setback (strained forearm) in May.
“This season I’ve faced a lot of adversity,” Wojciechowski said. “It’s been very frustrating, but once it happens you have to make the best of it. Trying to get back in the swing of things in the middle of the season at the Triple-A level was kind of tough.”
A first-round pick who was selected 41st overall four years ago, Wojciechowski was on the fast track to the majors before injuries slowed his progress.
“When you’re out of competition that long it’s difficult,” said RedHawks pitching coach Steve Webber. “You can throw all the bullpen sessions and simulated games you want, but it’s different facing live hitters. You have to regain that adrenalin rush of being on the mound.”
Wojciechowski is 2-3 with a 6.04 ERA since he returned in mid-June. Opponents are hitting .328 against The Citadel product.
Those stats are a stark contrast to last season. The player everyone calls “Wojo” notched an 11-8 record with a 3.32 ERA with the RedHawks and Double-A Corpus Christi. Opponents hit only .223 against him.
“I restrained my lat muscle late in spring training because I probably tried to come back too soon,” Wojciechowski said. “I pretty much didn’t throw for two months, which ruined my whole off-season. I’m just now starting to feel good about my mechanics.”
In his last three starts, Wojciechowski is 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA. He has allowed only 15 hits in 16 innings.
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