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Yovani Gallardo says command issues in second spring start stem from late signing

Yovani Gallardo says command issues in second spring start stem from late signing
Sarasota, FL -- 02/25/2016 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Yovani Gallardo smiles at the first day of workouts for position players as well as pitchers and catchers on the field during spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun Staff) [BBA ORIOLES SPRING TRAINING (DSC_5112.JPG)] (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo said Monday after allowing three home runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies that the outing was partially a product of his signing with the Orioles when spring training was already underway.

Physically, the veteran pitcher said he felt good, and he was pleased with his fastball command after lamenting it after his spring debut last week, but said his struggles with commanding his breaking pitches and repeating his delivery were a product of the last start.

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"I feel fine, I feel good," he said. "Just signing a week late, [it] was one of those things that just might be a little bit behind, more mechanic-wise, finding that release point and the off-speed pitches. Like I said, I'm not worried about it. … The main thing is going out there and getting my work in and building up to that pitch."

Gallardo signed a two-year deal with an option last month and officially joined the team on Feb. 25, putting him a touch behind the rest of the pitchers. He made his debut against these same Phillies on Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits in two innings of work.

The Phillies chased him in the third after first-inning home runs by outfielder Tyler Goeddel on his third pitch of the game, and then the first of two by third baseman Maikel Franco. The first was a solo home run that left Ed Smith Stadium completely, and the second was a three-run home run in the third inning to make it 5-0.

"I felt pretty good," Gallardo said. "The results weren't there. I made some mistakes, more with the slider. That's the frustrating part, the consistency and the command's not there with it.

"I was able to command the fastball, that's for sure," he said. "I think that's probably one of the positive things that I did today, be able to command the fastball away to a right-handed hitter, so that's a good sign."

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