Warm-Up Routine For Relief Pitchers

  • Updated on Dec. 17, 2016

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Warm-up for relief pitchers

  1. If you are in the bullpen and are first in relief that day, do some stretching exercises when the game starts so you will be fairly loose.
  2. Always have a game warm-up ball, your glove with you, and a catcher ready.
  3. When you get the call to warm up, hurry to get ready to throw. Remove your jacket.
  4. Take about 10 half speed throws, then start throwing hard as quickly as possible. If it is possible, when warm, start working on breaking pitches.
  5. Work some from the set position and then work the game situation as it develops.

Between inning warm-up

  • Always wear a jacket, or cover the arm and shoulder between innings, even on hot days.
  • On the way to the mound, do some arm flexing and shoulder rotating exercises to loosen the shoulder and back muscles.
  • You have five warm up pitches. Use your full motion when throwing and concentrate on a target. Do not throw at full speed until your last pitch.
  • Throw the curve or slider at least 1 pitch.
  • Before you face the first batter, get yourself mentally and physically ready. Check your defense; make certain everyone is ready.

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One of the big misconceptions in baseball is that playing the game keeps you in shape to pitch. I wish that was true. It's not. To get to the next level, preparation matters. Big league pitchers spend far more time preparing to pitch than actually pitching.

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