Game 2: Pre-Game Notes (Gorecki Quotes, Garcia Non-Updates)

6:00 PM — Tony Franklin said that he had known Garcia was feeling discomfort, he would have taken him out, knowing his history. 

Spoke to David Phelps about his impending debut…seems like a good kid.  He says fans might be frustrated by the way he pitches…stay tuned to find out why.  And that Bleich feature will run here, not the paper.

Keep in mind, I am writing for the The Trentonian tonight, so I won’t be updating on here during the game…only Twitter.

5:55 PM — Garcia is here and in street clothes.  He did have an MRI tonight, but no results are available…could be available as early as tonight.  There is no plan in place regarding who would replace him in the rotation just yet.

5:00 PM — Spoke to outfielder Reid Gorecki about how he ended up being the odd man out in Scranton…

“Baseball is baseball anywhere you go,” he told me.

“It was a little disheartening, but at the same time this is an organization I wanted to play for for a while.  I know what it takes to play at the top.  I’m in a Yankee uniform, and I’m happy.”

Gorecki has come to terms with the move, but at the same time, didn’t see it coming.

“It was a bit of a surprise, but any way to get more at-bats in this game is fine.  I want to be playing.  I want to be in the lineup.  I wanted to be up there, but at the same time, they have a set outfield and I was going to see limited time.  They saw that, and I’m starting to see that now.  It was a little disheartening, but I’m happy to be here.”

Having faced more veteran pitchers in Triple-A and big leaguers over the past few years, Gorecki says his approach has only slightly changed having come to Trenton.

“It’s a little bit different,” Gorecki said.

“I was a little more patient last year at the plate.  Guys were making good pitches on you, and here they’re more working on their stuff.  I feel like I can be a little more aggressive at times because these guys are going to try to throw as many strikes as possible.  I don’t think it’s much of a transition.”

Gorecki also said he has no idea as to the plans of the organization regarding the length of his stay in Triple-A.

4:20 PM — Was down by the field, and have been told Christian Garcia is not at the ballpark today.  Will give you more when I get more.

Also, I spoke to a different scout, who told me it was “stupid” that Garcia kept pitching if he felt something in the third inning.  Both scouts I spoke to felt Garcia looked good, however.  They also confirmed what I reported earlier, that Garcia was up to 92 MPH on the gun…sitting at 90, they said.  According to Frankie Piliere, Garcia was sitting at 92 and touching 94 in spring training, so that may have been a sign there that something was up…

3:55 PM — Spoke to a scout, asked who he liked on the Thunder: “Romine. (Re: Defense) When you don’t notice the catcher, he’s doing a good job.”

3:40 PM — Here are both team’s lineups…


Andy Dirks, LF
Cale Iorg, SS
Wilkin Ramirez, CF
Michael Bertram, 1B
Cesar Nicolas, 3B
Deik Scram, DH
Josh Burrus, RF
Max St. Pierre, C
Justin Henry, 2B

L.J. Gagnier, P


Austin Krum, CF
David Adams, 2B
Austin Romine, C
Brandon Laird, 3B
Reid Gorecki, LF
Kevin Smith, 1B
Daniel Brewer, RF
Marcos Vechionacci, DH
Luis Nunez, SS

Ryan Pope, P

3:35 PM — Marcos Vechionacci is in the lineup and will DH tonight, Reid Gorecki will play left field, and Damon Sublett is sitting tonight.  I’ll have the lineup itself shortly…

3:30 PM — There is no update on Christian Garcia’s status as of yet.  It is believed he either has had or is going to have an MRI at some point today.  The clubhouse opens at 5:15, and I’ll be able to tell you a lot more then.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

One Response to “Game 2: Pre-Game Notes (Gorecki Quotes, Garcia Non-Updates)”

  1. goodluckgarcia Says:

    ‘Stupid’, but understandable. As has been noted, it may be difficult for Garcia to judge basic soreness from more serious pain, since he probably doesn’t even remember what it’s like to be ‘healthy.’ His state of ‘healthy’ is relative to his chronic state of ill health, I’d imagine.

    You also have to figure it would be very human of him to want to fight through, or be in a state of denial, because it’s been one heartbreak after another for this kid.

    All to best to him.

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