Brady happy with bullpen role

CLEMSON - Kevin Brady, the most effective starter in Clemson's rotation, will be available out of the bullpen in this weekend's Columbia Regional.

Clemson coach Jack Leggett believes that's the best spot for the redshirt junior pitcher, who suffered a hamstring injury in the final weeks of the regular season.

"I don't want to say he's on a short leash, but his endurance level is not all that significant right now," Leggett said on Monday, following the NCAA Tournament announcement show.

"I don't think there's any specific pitch count. It's just a matter of building up a little bit from the last couple of times he pitched, against Wake Forest and this past weekend. I'm feeling more confident. He's feeling more confident."

Brady is 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. Eleven of his 13 appearances are starts.

Against Wake Forest in the final game of the regular season, he recorded two strikeouts and gave up one hit in one inning out of the bullpen. In 1 2/3 innings of relief against Florida State in the ACC Tournament, Brady allowed a hit, walked two batters and fanned two others.

"It felt good, nothing out of the ordinary," Brady said. "Everything feels really good. There are no problems with the hamstring. I've been moving around fine."

Brady told reporters that Leggett and pitching coach Dan Pepicelli wanted him to remain in the bullpen this weekend.

And if that's where he is the rest of the season, fine by him.

"I'm just going to do whatever they need me to do," Brady said. "I'm just going to be a team player."

He added, "There are no concerns. We're just trying to do what's best for the team right now. We've got three or four great starters. I'm just going to do whatever they need me to do for the postseason."

Brady is confident with his control, command and velocity.

"There's always room for improvement," he said. "Coach Pep and I, over the course of those two weeks when I was kind of injured, we just got to do a lot more drills that helped finishing pitches.

"We made the best of everything."

And he's ready for anything this weekend.

"I would go as long as they need me to," Brady said. "It's postseason time. You've just got to lay everything on the line." Top Stories