— I write this from the Trenton Steel press box, where my day started and will likely end. In the middle, though? I made the trek through downtown Trenton over to Waterfront Park after finding out that Kevin Millwood would be in the clubhouse…you can find that interview on top of this post.
— I did speak to Tony Franklin as well…here are a few quotes from him:
Plans for Millwood on Sunday — “He’s pitching, he’s starting on Sunday. That’s the reason he’s here. It just kind of worked out that Betances and Banuelos are on the DL, and he was ready to pitch. I think things kind of worked out for everyone.”
Thoughts on Pendleton’s Promotion — “Good for him, I’m very happy for him. As I said yesterday (re: Noesi), I thought either one of those guys could have gone up. I like all of them. They pitched very well here. Of course, I’m a little biased, but I’m very pleased that they’re getting an opportunity. But he’ s a guy who was Rule 5’d this spring…so he’s on the upswing.”
On Okamoto not handing the ball to him right away yesterday — “(I said) come back, give me the ball. (Laughs). There was probably some frustration there, but I think we’re all probably a little frustrated with the way things have gone. He made a pitch to get out of the inning and he didn’t get the out, and maybe a little bit of the air was let out at that time. It’s kind of hard sometimes to maintain your intensity after a play like that is missed. There was no disrespect on his part once he was leaving the mound with the ball. I did speak with his interpreter, Subaru, about maybe the customs of the Japanese pitchers once they’re being taken out of the game. I have no knowledge of what they do. I know the first time I went to take him out, I asked for the ball, and he gave me the ball and he just waited there. It was OK for him to go, but he didn’t. So after the game, I asked Subaru what were the customs, and he said it was fine what I did, he was just waiting for the new pitcher to come in, and then he could leave.”
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com