SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-handed relief specialist Will Ohman, who has made a career with his fastball and slider, is throwing a changeup that he and pitching coach Don Cooper are excited about.
A changeup gives Ohman a pitch to get right-handed hitters out with, which could extend his outings from one or two hitters to a full inning or more.
"I feel comfortable with it,'' said Ohman, who had been searching for a grip since last season, his first with the Sox. "It gives me a chance to get out there for longer periods of time instead of only going for one lefty, or two guys. I can get the right-hander out, too. And I can use it against lefties as well.''
The ball comes out of the 34-year-old Ohman's hand naturally for a slider. Not so with the change, so he has been searching for the right grip for his arm slot.
"To get that movement going the other way across the plate was difficult,'' Ohman said, "especially throwing for short, truncated periods of time. That's not something you can go out and work on in games.''