Archive for Sunday, June 3, 2001

Cardinals’ Ankiel pitches simulated game

June 3, 2001

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— Rick Ankiel, continuing to work on his control, pitched a simulated game at the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training facility Saturday.

Ankiel pitched for more than an hour during the session. No pitch count was kept but Ankiel only threw one wild pitch that would have reached the backstop.

Ankiel was 1-2 with a 7.13 ERA in six starts with St. Louis, walking 25 in 24 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on May 11 and in three starts had a 20.77 ERA with 17 walks and 12 wild pitches in 413 innings.

Ankiel, 21, was one of the top rookie pitchers in the major leagues last year with an 11-7 record, a team-leading 3.50 ERA and 194 strikeouts.

The left-hander lost command of his pitching in the NL division series last fall against the Atlanta Braves, becoming the first pitcher in 110 years to throw five wild pitches in an inning.

The Cardinals have instructed their staff not to comment on Ankiel's progress.

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