Left-hander Andrew Chafin feels good, his shoulder strong, and for this he credits an offseason of what he describes as preventative work. The Diamondbacks reliever is hoping to stay in a preventative mode even when the season begins.
For stretches last season, Chafin was the only left-hander in the Diamondbacks bullpen. That distinction wound up working against him. He was not only used heavily in games, he warmed up in the bullpen on numerous occasions when he didn’t end up pitching.
It eventually caught up with him, both in the way of results and health. Chafin, who was one of the Diamondbacks’ better relievers in 2015, was knocked around last year, posting a 6.75 ERA in 32 games. He also missed most of the final three months of the season due to shoulder problems.
Chafin knows there’s only so much he can do to prepare for heavy workloads; they often come with the territory of being a reliever. But he thinks he can be smarter with the way he gets ready in hopes of staying fresh throughout the year.
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