Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session: Tejeda, Cruz
Royals pitcher Robinson Tejeda is looking to keep the momentum going tonight against the Detroit Tigers after his very impressive outing vs. Los Angeles last Friday night (5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO). This will be his second start of the season, so Manager Trey Hillman says this start should be a little different. “I don’t anticipate a different outcome with his performance, it’s how his body responds to the pressure of starting two games in six days that should be interesting. We are going to monitor him like any other pitcher on this team, but will be watching closely to see how he recovers more so than with other starters. Again, we are not putting a pitch count on Robinson, but we will be watching to see how he is feeling as he gets closer to 80-85 pitches, if that so happens. This is the first time in quite a while he will be making consecutive starts, so it is important to see how his body rebounds and that he conveys to us how he is feeling at that time.
Royals reliever Juan Cruz has been on the Disabled List since August 6 with a right shoulder strain, but he might be back sooner then later according to Hillman. “He has had a couple of bullpen sessions that consisted of a heavy diet of nothing but fastballs. Juan has been throwing long toss without discomfort or pain in that shoulder which is encouraging. We are trying to increase the strength in that right shoulder so we can get him in the bullpen on back-to-back days, which is critical. I don’t know when he will be available, but once we see that shoulder can withstand continued pressure for consistent days in a row, then we’ll know he is ready, but until then, he’s just rehabbing at a pace our team is comfortable with.”