Is there a speed limit for pitchers?

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An interesting story at the New York Times about the research into injuries to pitchers who throw hard:

Fleisig, a biomedical engineer, knows what an arm can handle, and years of research give him the confidence to answer one of baseball’s more intriguing questions: Is there a limit to how fast a human being can throw?

His answer: Yes, there is.

And, he adds: That limit already has been reached.

Physics, man. It’s like, such a bummer sometimes.

Thing is, guys will still go crazy over the gun readings because even if you risk a Matt Harvey/Stephen Strasburg injury situation to your young fireballer, you always could get lucky and get a Nolan Ryan.  In other words: there will always be freaks who get hurt a lot and there will, maybe less occasionally, be exceptions too.

Angels acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from Marlins

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The Angels announced on Tuesday night that the club acquired pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from the Marlins for cash considerations. Pitcher Dayan Diaz was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Despaigne.

Despaigne, 31, posted a lackluster 5.31 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 1/3 innings for the Marlins before being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in early June. Despaigne has even struggled at Triple-A compiling a 4.47 ERA with a 41/13 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.

Despaigne has spent about equal time starting and relieving in his major league career, so he could operate as a swingman for the Angels. Otherwise, he’ll serve as pitching depth.