Trey Hillman Media Session: September 22

Sir Zack Greinke

With Royals pitcher Zack Greinke getting the nod tonight against the Boston Red Sox, how concerned or cautious is manager Trey Hillman going to be with his ace so soon after being struck by a line-drive off the bat of Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera?  “There are a few more factors involved now with Zack, we might be a little tentative with him, but it ultimately comes down to trusting that Zack will let us know how he feels.  He has never given me a reason to doubt him, be it his ability or the seriousness of his health.  Zack knows his body so we don’t have to pull teeth to get an honest answer out of that kid.  He does not waver, his mentality does not change, and you always know what you are going to get from him both mentally and physically,” exclaimed Hillman.

The Same Yet So Different

The end of the season is shaping up to look eerily similar to that of the 2008 season.  Hillman agrees, but says to a certain extent there are some differences.  “In both years we were trying to leave a good taste in our mouths going into the offseason.  We have stayed consistent, worked hard, and not quit in both years.  However, this season has been much more challenging bringing on more difficult situations and more strenuous circumstances.  The injuries that have plagued us make this year’s final push much more different then last year’s.  The result hopefully will be the same, good baseball, hard work, and a consistent effort every night, but you never know, you just play as hard as you can.”

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