5: 55 PM — Lineups…
5:45 PM — Manny Banuelos will start tomorrow…it’s just a matter of making the roster move to get him on. One of the scenarios apparently involves Kevin Millwood, but nothing’s being done just yet. There is a TBA slot open on the 22nd on the rotation as of now.
Also, I spoke to Dellin Betances about his blister…riveting stuff, right? But here goes:
“Everything’s good. I started throwing today. I made 50 throws from 60 feet. We’re just going to take it day by day right now.”
“I think Nardi’s calling Phelps…they’re going to set something up. So hopefully by next week, I should be pitching.”
“It’s definitely tough being here every day and watching these guys play, I wish I was out there helping them. Obviously, I want to pitch. It’s something that sucks because it’s something you can’t control. It’s not like an arm thing, it’s just a small thing…but it’s a big thing.”
Re: Millwood “He’s definitely just spotting the ball. His command was good, his movement on the ball. And he’s a good guy, man. An outgoing guy. But the way he pitched yesterday, that’s the way I want to go about it, just pitching with command, getting ahead in counts.”
Re: Millwood “I haven’t really gotten a chance to speak to him about the game in general. I don’t like to bother guys that much, but I’m sure I’ll speak to him.”
4:20 PM — Let’s take a little trip around the blogosphere, shall we? Josh Norris has got you covered at Minor Matters, John Nalbone’s got some stuff over at BareBones, Jed Weisberger’s updating you at Baselines and Jess Quiroli’s got some new stories over at her blog as well.
4:15 PM — Manny Banuelos is listed as tomorrow’s starter…after that, Shaeffer Hall and Graham Stoneburner are slated to go.
Also, Justin Christian is back in his familiar stomping grounds…just as a member of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. In 10 games, he’s hitting .219 with no home runs, five RBI and one stolen base.
4:00 PM — It will be another interesting day here at Waterfront Park…Steve Garrison, who is from nearby Ewing, NJ and had pitched here in high school, will make his home debut tonight.
Yesterday, I asked Garrison and manager Tony Franklin about the occasion…
GARRISON: “It’s very exciting, I’m very honored and I’m excited to do it. I’ve had a few text messages and e-mails saying people are trying to come out and see me, so I’m very excited to see them and feel the home crowd behind me.”
“Luckily (I won’t have to leave) too many (tickets). It’s not that expensive to come to a game, so they were like don’t worry about it, we’re just excited to see you. I haven’t been hounded too much for them.”
“I get butterflies before every start, no matter where I am or what team I’m on, you always get butterflies. For this, there will probably be a little bit more, a little more excitement, a little more nervousness with it being home and all that. But more just being excited.”
“(I’ve pitched here in) a few high school games, even as early as I think it was 15. There was a 15-year-old All-Star thing, we had like a county versus county or Jersey versus Pennsylvania. I’ve played here a few times, and I’ve enjoyed it, so this is pretty cool.”
(On his name being mentioned when big league relievers went down for a possible call-up) “Every day, I just try to get better and do what I’m told to do. I just want to stay healthy and stay on the right track and get better every day. Whatever happens, happens. I’m just trying to pitch and control what I can control.”
FRANKLIN: “If he does have (butterflies), it’s going to be natural. I’m sure he’s going to want to pitch well. My role — and Phelpsy and Julius and Tim and all of us — our roles don’t change from day to day. Our role is to prepare them from day to day and get them ready to play at 7 o’clock. Any of them out there can tell you the most important part of our day is the game…how they handle it personally is how they handle it personally.”
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com