Is Papelbon Hurt?


     Rob Neyer mentioned in his blog that Papelbon threw all fastballs last night in closing out the Rays, and also noted that he has not been utilizing his splitter.  And tonight, in blowing it, he again threw all fastballs, except for one pitch after it was too late.  I was watching the MLB Gameday because the game is blacked out because of my location.  But according to Gameday; Papelbon threw six straight fastballs to Dan Johnson to begin the inning, the last one being very much over the plate, and resulted in a home run.  Then four straight fastballs to Willy Aybar and Aybar flew out.  Next up:  Fernando Perez: two fastballs and a double.  Navarro; two fastballs, double.  Gabe Gross:  Four fastballs, out.  Jason Bartlett: offspeed, then fastball=out. 


     Man cannot live on fastball alone.  Unless one is Mariano Rivera.  Why is he avoiding throwing the splitter?  Is something wrong?  I don’t know, but it seems kind of odd to abandon a good pitch such as that…