Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: September 8

Not packing it in, no way!


Royals Manager Trey Hillman was asked about a few rumblings that his team was making a less then thrilling effort coming down the stretch.  “Absolutely not, there is not one individual in that locker room giving up on the season.  For one, I would not let that happen, and two that is not the kind of makeup of people we have on this team.  We need to finish hard, no one is quitting including myself, and we will continue to fight until the last game is played.  We play hard everyday, for ourselves, our families, and for the fans.  That is the kind of baseball we play here in Kansas City, we play hard,” Hillman said.


Lenny D. and Alex G.


The Royals called up LHP Lenny DiNardo and 3B Alex Gordon from the Triple-A affiliate Omaha Royals.  “DiNardo is going to start the last game of the series against Detroit (Thursday 9/10) and we are going to push Zack (Greinke) back a game and have him start the beginning of the Cleveland series.  The reports are good on DiNardo, he has an excellent change-up and has developed what is said to be a pretty above average breaking ball.  When he was in spring training he was not carrying a good breaking ball around with him, so we are excited to see what he can do.  With regards to Alex, again reports are good, it has been said that he was solid both offensively and defensively while playing in Omaha.  We wanted him to work on shortening his swing as well as getting better with his stride direction.  It is going to take longer and it’s quite more difficult working with stride direction because it is tied into muscle memory and stuff of that nature.  Shortening his swing will come with time.  We are going to rest Alex tonight and see how he feels tomorrow after a long couple of days playing and traveling,” Hillman exclaimed.

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