In his last two starts Jenkins has gone six and seven innings against Richmond and Reading, allowing just one earned run. The 25-year old, 6-foot-4 right-hander credits a new routine and getting ground ball outs from his sinker and slider. Jenkins said he is now feeling comfortable on the mound coming back from shoulder fatigue.
"Coming back from the DL, the first couple starts I didn't really have my sinker working for me which makes life a little harder," Jenkins said. "Since then, I've proceeded to go back to the left side of the rubber. We started working on the right side of the rubber in Spring Training and Instructionals and I'm feeling much better from the left."
Jenkins said his approach to hitters has been easier coming from left side.
"I like my angles better from the left so I went over there," he added, "and the sinker came back and everything seems to be falling together for me."
Jenkins' sinker has been working well for him as he recorded 13 ground ball outs and fanned four in his last outing against Reading.
"The past couple outings it's been my best pitch and its really gotten me out of some jams, and getting me a lot of ground ball outs," he said.
Jenkins also mentioned that he's been working on his slider trying to expand his pitch arsenal.
"Right now we've been working on my slider, just trying to figure out how to not manipulate it so much," Jenkins said, "but right now I'm pretty happy with where I'm at."
The big right-hander from Atlanta also credits his day-to-day routine in being a big factor to his recent success.
"I had to alter my routine a little bit to not kill my arm as much. I worked with Tarpey, our trainer, on a cuff program which really helped, so everything should be good from here on out."
Jenkins also said he has lowered the amount of pitches he's been throwing between starts and that has given him less stress on his body.
"I've knocked down some pitches from my pre-game routine and my side work has been lowered and it's been working well for me," Jenkins said.
The 20th overall pick from the 2010 draft spoke about the pressures of being a first round pick and said he's trying not to worry about the pressure and wants to focus on just trowing strikes.
"There's always some pressure, no matter who you are, but right now I'm just trying to play ball."
Jenkins expects a strong second half of the season as he continues to work on staying healthy for the remaining three months.
"My expectations for the rest of the season are to just pitch well and stay healthy," Jenkins said. "I just want to make everything a quality start from here on out."
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