Game 24: Pre-Game Notes

7:05 PM — Some photos…

Dan Brewer

Austin Krum

Craig Heyer

5:50 PM — Naoya Okamoto is “hurt” and Wilkins Arias is off the DL and active.  I spoke to Tim Norton as well, for a feature you’ll see in a few days…definitely won’t be ready yet, need to speak to a few other folks as well before that goes live.

4:20 PM — Lineups…

PORTLAND

Lin, CF
Hee, SS
Hassan, RF
Federowicz, C
Lavarnway, DH
Middlebrooks, 3B
Tejeda, 2B
Padron, 1B
Chang, LF

Huntzinger, P

TRENTON

Krum, LF
Brewer, DH
Romine, C
Suttle, 3B
Mesa, CF
Joseph, 2B
Pirela, SS
Kruml, RF
Maruszak, 1B

Heyer, P

4:00 PM — Not a whole lot going on here…workouts as usual.  Should have some stuff later today, though.

I have some leftover quotes from Tony Franklin, so let me pass those along.  No one can fill a recorder like that man, let me tell you…

On Myron Leslie’s release: “It’s unfortunate that we had to let anyone go.  That’s never a good thing.  But we had to make room, and Myron was the odd guy out.”

On the value of Ryan Baker: “Just knowing he’s there, it’s a very comforting feeling.  You don’t have to rush to get someone up, you’ve already got someone here.  I feel pretty confident and comfortable with that situation.”

On when Manny Banuelos starts to get extended: “There are some concerns with the blister simply because he had a blister, and you’ve got to be cautious with it and keep an eye on it.  You don’t want it to get to a point where it’s going to start to affect his pitching again.  And you have to protect his arm, he’s a young guy with a very valuable future.  So we’ve got a few things working there.  As time goes on, I’m sure the pitch count will escalate a little bit.  There’s no need to rush him, I kind of think he’s going to be here all year.”

On Fernando Hernandez’s role and going on back to back days: “So far, he’s been the guy at the back end of games that we’ve gone to.  Until something changes, he’s probably going to be the guy back there.  Yeah, I guess you can call him the guy that’s going to close games for us.  I think that’s the first time we’ve (used him on back to back days).  There’s a chance it might happen again.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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