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Henderson not concerned about mechanical flaw

Henderson not concerned about mechanical flaw

PHOENIX -- Brewers reliever Jim Henderson spent the team's off-day Thursday looking at video of recent Spring Training outings, and he discovered a mechanical flaw that Henderson believes could explain his struggles so far.

The 30-year-old, who broke through to the Major Leagues last season after parts of 10 years in the Minors, has surrendered nine earned runs, eight hits and eight walks in 5 1/3 innings. That includes Cactus League outings with the Brewers, two World Baseball Classic games for Team Canada plus his scoreless inning in Canada's pre-tournament exhibition against the Brewers. His velocity has been fine, but Henderson's command has been erratic.

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"I'm not too worried about it," Henderson said. "We'll fix one thing, and that will help the whole delivery."

Henderson said he was beginning his delivery with his hands too close together, which gave him trouble "clearing" his right hip as he began to rotate, which in turn altered his arm slot. He planned to work on the adjustment in a side session Friday, and he is scheduled to pitch an inning against the Reds on Saturday.

"With my kind of funky delivery, the timing needs to be right," Henderson said.

Henderson is still penciled in as the Brewers' setup man to closer John Axford. He succeeded in that role during the second half of 2012 to the tune of a 3.52 ERA in 36 games.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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