Lyles hoping to get more out of his frame

Minor League pitching coordinator Jon Matlack took some extra time following workouts Friday to have a one-on-one, hands-on session with 21-year-old right-hander Jordan Lyles on one of the pitching mounds.

“We’re just tweaking some things that people have seen in my delivery that maybe there’s more energy I can put into it and the velocity would be greater,” Lyles said. “We were really bouncing thoughts off of each other and he was asking me what am I thinking, what am I doing. He’s trying to get the most out of my frame and my delivery.”

Matlack was a three-time All-Star hurler in a playing career that spanned 13 seasons. He also served as Detroit’s Major League pitching coach in 1996 and spent eight seasons as a Minor League pitching coach with the White Sox and Padres. The Tigers let him go in August.

For more on Lyles and the rest of the news of the day, including some health updates and what Cesar Cedeno is up to, click here.

And don’t forget to read my feature on newcomer Kyle Weiland.

Here is Friday in pictures:

Zach Duke in a "what now?" pose.

Pitcher Paul Clemens practices his sliding.

At least Lance Berkman's old number went to another native Texan -- Justin Ruggiano.

Bud Norris playfully claps at a teammate's sliding attempt.

Arcenio Leon throws a ball during PFPs.

Jason Bourgeois takes a cut during BP.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail throws to Kyle Weiland covering first.

Matt Downs reported and stretched.

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You’re doing a GREAT JOB keeping us up on what’s going on in ST!! Thanks! Becky:)

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