Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: May 27
About the suspension
Major League Baseball handed down a one game suspension this morning to Royals manager Trey Hillman for today’s game against the Tigers. He is suspended for his brief confrontation with an umpire during Monday’s game against Detroit. Unlike the players, a coach or manager has no option to appeal. Hillman said, “I am shocked at the suspension, and that I was notified by e-mail five hours prior to today’s game.” He then stated, “I respect the rules of the game as well as authority, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.” Why he might be a little upset could be because he was told that the suspension was delivered because spit had made it from Trey’s mouth into the eye of the umpire involved. “If they think I spit on the umpire on purpose, I am highly offended by that accusation,” Hillman said. For today’s game Hillman will be unable to suit up, be around the clubhouse or the dugout. He is however allowed to sit in another area of the stadium.
Coco Crisp will be sitting out today’s game, and along with the off day tomorrow that should give his shoulder some time to heal. Look for him to be ready to go against the White Sox on Friday. Joakim Soria is on schedule to pitch today in a live game in Arizona. As reported prior, he has a pitch limit that may not exceed 15 pitches, so look for an inning or less from Soria today.