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Dontrelle Willis is in the best shape of his life

Dontrelle Willis

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis reaches for a new ball during his third-of-an-inning outing against the San Diego Padres in a spring training baseball game in Peoria, Ariz., Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Willis allowed five runs on three hits and three walks while committing an error and throwing a wild pitch. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


Boy, it’s a rare treat to get a BSOHL story in July, but we have one! It’s Dontrelle Willis, who was scratched from his start down at AAA Louisville yesterday. The speculation was that he was going to get called up to Cincinnati to fill in for Bronson Arroyo, who was complaining of dizziness, but it seems Arroyo is better now.

Willis is good too: he has a 2.63 ERA in 13 starts and -- key for him -- he has a 3.35 K/BB ratio, suggesting that he may have a handle on what has been ailing him these past few years.

But the real story here are the words of Willis’ agent, Matt Sosnick, who puts us in mind of spring training with his assessment of his client’s state of health:

“I feel strongly that he has turned the corner. He’s in the best shape of his career and is throwing with the highest velocity he’s ever had. I feel very confident that he will be an impact player in the Major Leagues this year and for many years to come.”

All that’s missing for perfection is something about how Willis has been working on a new pitch.

(thanks to Hannah for the heads up)