CHICAGO -- Hector Santiago's screwball, an effective offering which helped him earn the White Sox closer job out of Spring Training, is not exactly where he wants it to be, as Rajai Davis' two-run, ninth-inning homer off the pitch on Wednesday would indicate. But in Santiago's opinion, the screwball is getting closer to being a significant on-mound weapon again.
"I still got it," said Santiago, who threw seven screwballs in Wednesday's one-inning stint, according to MLB.com Gameday. "It's more comfortable in my hand. The ball is getting a little bit smaller.
"At the beginning, it felt big in the hand, so I kept like losing it. Now, it actually feels a lot better. I've been throwing it really well in the game. I'm throwing it for a strike and not bouncing it 20 feet in front of home plate anymore."
Six of Santiago's screwballs went for strikes against the Blue Jays.