Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: September 4

Who is in and who is out?

For the time being, Royals starters Gil Meche and Brian Bannister will be sidelined with sore right shoulders.  Both seem to be suffering from fatigue and tiredness, leaving their return to the starting rotation to be not far off, but undetermined at this point.  Taking Meche’s spot tonight in the rotation against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be reliever Robinson Tejeda (RHP, 1-1, 4.07).  Manager Trey Hillman thinks Tejeda should rise to the occasion tonight.  “We’ll see what he can do, if he maintains his stuff, is effective in his delivery, and efficient with his pitch counts it should be a favorable night for us.  There will be no pitch count for him tonight, we don’t want to put any more added pressure on him then there already is,” Hillman stated.

Hillman high on Moore

Hillman was asked about the vote of confidence he received from General Manager Dayton Moore these past couple of days with regards to him coming back as manager.  “It’s nice to have a boss believe in you as a person, he believes in my track record and my ability to get these guys ready to play baseball.  I came into this job knowing it would be challenging, I can’t control what other people do only what I can do for myself.  I take full responsibility and accountability for everything that goes on in that locker room and will continue to do the very best I can.  With Dayton signing a recent extension to his contract and my coming back next season, I look forward to the future of this organization.  This community and organization deserve stability, and I hope I can contribute to making that a reality.”

 

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