Kenta Maeda threw two shutout innings against the Rays on Thursday, something that looks more impressive knowing what he overcame.

After missing all of the 2022 season with Tommy John Surgery, Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda made his second appearance in spring training on Thursday, throwing two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. In those two innings, Maeda allowed two hits, issued one walk, struck out two hitters and surrendered no runs.

At a glance, those stats may seem underwhelming. Not bad, by any means, but not overpowering, either. Still, they’re better than they look.

Following the game, Do-Hyoung Park, who covers the Twins for, reported that due to some PitchCom issues and with little noise at Tropicana Field, Tampa’s hitters could hear the pitches Maeda was going to throw in the ear of catcher, Tony Wolters.

The issue was solved after two innings, so Minnesota’s subsequent pitchers didn’t have the same obstacle. Both Maeda and his manager, Rocco Baldelli, seemed to have a good sense of humor about it.

They were not the only ones.

As far as impressive performances, it doesn’t quite top Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, which he threw despite tipping his pitches to the Chicago Cubs, a lineup with three future Hall of Famers.

Still, two innings of shutout ball when your opponent knows every pitch that’s coming? That’s nothing to sneeze at.

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