Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Christian Friedrich's performance has been up and down during his rookie campaign. His ERA? Mostly up. The news that he is now lost for the season with a stress fracture in his back doesn't hurt him as much as it will Jim Tracy as he tries to manage more awful starting pitching. Friedrich's body will heal and he has some success now to build on as he tries to further develop his game and build a major-league career. There is enough of a foundation there. His stuff can be more than good enough at times. He just was too hittable too often, which, with the news of his injury, makes you wonder how much of that was health-related. Friedrich was productive or excellent in five of his 16 starts this season. The 25-year old lefty has to first rehabilitate his body, again examine his mechanics, then develop ones that will allow him to stay healthy. After that, he has to find ways to miss more bats (102 hits in 84 2/3 innings), issue fewer walks (six times he walked three or more ...
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