Right-handed pitcher Andre Jackson is back and healthier than ever on the mound. Jackson, who has recovered from last year’s Tommy John surgery, is happy to be pitching once again as a member of the Great Lakes Loons rotation.
Jackson, who made his debut on Monday night, is transitioning back into the game slowly after missing a lot of time. His slower transition includes a pitch count of 60 pitches right now.
“I threw 60 pitches before they took me out of the game on Monday,” said Jackson. “That is my limit right now, and that number will increase throughout the season.”
Despite a smaller workload at the moment, Jackson had no issues displaying all of his pitches during his debut.
Currently using a three-pitch mix of a four-seam fastball, changeup, and slider in his repertoire, Jackson discusses how he works off his fastball every outing.
“My changeup is my best offspeed pitch, so I really like mixing my fastball and changeup,” explained Jackson. “I release both pitches from the same spot and go from there.”
Happy with the recovery time after outings, Jackson discusses how his arm feels stronger than ever since surgery.
“My arm is a lot stronger after Tommy John,” said Jackson. “I’ve noticed I can bounce back easier. I can throw hard, but I could throw hard before the surgery. I haven’t noticed a big change in my velocity, just an easier recovery time so far.”
Jackson had no issues being tough on hitters Monday night, as his fastball was consistently hitting the mid-90’s on the radar gun.
Staying healthy and sharpening his pitching skills will be the focal point for Jackson for the remainder of the season, as he hopes for a potential promotion before the conclusion of the 2018 season.
“I’m just getting healthy again and I feel great right now,” said Jackson. “I’m just trying to pitch on a consistent basis and show my stuff. Hopefully, if all goes well, I’ll be able to move up during the season.”
But wherever Jackson finishes his season, fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers are glad he’s healthy once again, and playing the sport he loves.