Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session
Manager Trey Hillman said he was very excited to come home after the recent road trip, and it wasn’t just because the team went winless in California. “We’re excited about the community involvement here, we feed off it, it takes us to another level at times,” says Hillman. He went on to say that there is a calm about being at home, the players feel it and it translates onto the field. Hillman said usually less mental errors and mistakes are made when you feel more at ease with your surroundings.
Invaluable was the word used by Trey to describe the impact Coco Crisp has on his team. “His experience in Major League Baseball is vital, it balances out some of our players here and to a degree brings a sense of calmness to the club,” says Hillman. “He’s a professional, who works hard, plays hard, and that is the kind of role model you want on your team, to inspire and to teach others.”
How is Soria?
Joakim Soria has yet to begin throwing, which means the team is unable to evaluate his progress or lack thereof. Manager Hillman says there is no timetable as of yet and that the team is just trying to get Soria involved in extracurricular activities until he is capable of consistently rehabbing his current right shoulder injury.
Reliever John Bale is consistently hitting 86-89 mph on back-to-back days, with continued improvement in velocity daily on his rehab assignment. Doug Waechter had a setback in a rehab appearance as his oblique muscle is now giving Doug discomfort. Hillman says he has nothing in store for the game tonight with regards to it being “ladies night”. He said, “I guarantee no one paid to watch me manage tonight.”