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Carmona revival underway

By Sheldon Published: June 13, 2009

   Fausto Carmona has begun a program to restore his powers at the Arizona Rookie League in Goodyear, but there is not way to know how long it will take to transform him into the dominating starter he was two years ago. [ep
   ""We are monitoring him daily,'' manager Eric Wedge said Saturday. ""His program includes a lot of conversation, and he's also throwing bullpens.'' [ep
     Minor league pitching coordinator Dave Miller and lower level pitching coordinator Steve Lyons are the hands-on staffers working with Carmona. [ep
   ""Carl literally talks to them every day,'' Wedge said of his pitching coach, Carl Willis. [ep
   Carmona did not come to spring training in game-ready physical condition, though that is not necessarily a factor now. [ep
   ""Is that part of the problem?'' Wedge said. ""I don't know. Did he come into spring training in the kind of shape we would have liked? No, but this is not a physical thing.'' [ep
   Asked if Carmona was fearful of throwing his lethal sinker for strikes, Wedge said, ""He knows he can get people out throwing the sinker over the plate. That's why this is mostly mental.'' [ep
  MR. CLUTCH -- Going into Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Shin-Soo Choo was batting .319 and had amassed 32 RBI with runners in scoring position. That doesn't mean he doesn't feel the tension when he is confronted by that situation. [ep
   ""I'm not comfortable,'' he said. ""I'm still nervous. I try to clear my head, and I don't want to do too much thinking.'' [ep
   DAY OF DECISION -- With three off days in the next three weeks, Wedge can juggle his rotation to minimize the number of starts Toma Ohka will make. But before he made any decisions, he wanted to see how well Ohka pitched on Saturday. [ep
  ""We have some off days, so we can manipulate things if we want to,'' the manager said. [ep
   LUCKY NUMBER -- Ashtabula resident Randy Loomis won a trip to the All-Star Game in St. Louis (airfare, hotel accommodations, four game tickets), 100 tickets to an Indians game and a $100 gift certificate at the Tribe's  team shop for being the 100 millionth fan to attend an interleague game. [ep
    FARM FACTS -- Michael Aubrey doubled twice and singled in Columbus' 2-1 win over Louisville. Jack Cassel gave up one unearned run in seven innings, and Tony Sipp pitched two hitless innings in relief. *elip T.J. House (1-7, 3.05 ERA) yielded one earned run (two total) in 51/3 innings, but Lake County lost 5-2 to Lakewood.

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