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McGee not concerned about dip in velocity


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Jake McGee's velocity has been down slightly this spring, but the left-hander isn't concerned.

McGee came into his own last season, looking dominant while going 5-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 69 appearances out of the Rays' bullpen. When McGee is right, it's not unusual to see him consistently hitting 97 mph. Thus far this spring, he's been hovering in the low 90s.

"I'm not concerned about that at all," said McGee, who pitched a scoreless inning against the Twins on Sunday. "Yesterday I felt good. It felt like it was coming out good and still working into it. It's my third game, and it was a little chilly yesterday.

"I could have kicked it up more if I wanted to, but I wanted to do more, like location. It was hard to get a feel for my cutter yesterday because of the cold. [It was] hard to feel the ball."

McGee should again be a weapon out of the Rays' bullpen this season. A nice aspect about becoming more experienced has been the growing understanding of his mechanics.

"I kind of know my mechanics better and what to fix -- when I need to fix it -- if it's kind of getting out of whack or if I need to do a little here and there," he said.

McGee said he will pitch again on Friday, and he's not scheduled to throw on back-to-back days until March 18-19.

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