Having two years basically taken away from him – first by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second by Tommy John surgery on his right elbow – has taught the Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher a thing or two about patience.
So even as he breezed through five innings on 82 pitches in what eventually became a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, the 26-year-old didn’t try to talk manager A.J. Hinch into letting him take the mound in the sixth.
The Tigers have a plan for their 2017 first-round pick. It includes meticulously making sure he doesn’t overdo it, no matter how simple he’s made it look during his first seven starts. That meant Faedo’s day was long over before Miguel Cabrera’s go-ahead RBI single in the eighth.
”Whatever (the Tigers) think is best for me, I trust them,” Faedo said. ”I can only control what I can control, so whenever I’m on the mound, I’m going to try to compete as hard as I can and try to execute as much as I can. Anything besides that is out of my control.”