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When Royals Manager Trey Hillman met with the media today, the focus was on next week and how the lineup would shake out with the return of second baseman Chris Getz.
Hillman is excited to see Getz back in a Royals uniform, saying that he was impressed by what Getz has shown defensively this year.
Hillman was also asked how he sees playing time for infielders Alberto Callaspo, Alex Gordon, and Getz working out. Hillman responded that the second and third base spots will be decided by player performance. Hillman believes that Callaspo has yet to hit his stride offensively and is expecting the switch hitter to break out soon. Gordon’s defense has also left an impression on Hillman. However the Royals manager would like to see better contact in Gordon’s at bats; stating that Gordon shouldn’t press and simply let his natural athleticism take over.
Finally Hillman spoke briefly on today’s starting pitcher Luke Hochevar. Hillman has been impressed by Hochevar’s starts this year but still sees room for improvement. Hillman would like to see Hochevar limit his walks this outing and do a better job attacking the strike zone.
The Royals and Twins will get underway from Target Field at 12:10 today. The game is on Fox Sports Kansas City and the Royals Radio Network. Here’s your Kansas City lineup: (DeJesus – RF), (Podsednik – LF), (Butler – 1B), (Guillen – DH), (Ankiel – CF), (Callaspo – 2B), (Kendall – C), (Betancourt – SS), (Bloomquist – 3B), (Meche – P)
Second baseman Chris Getz was placed on the D.L. this morning (retroactive to April 15) with a right oblique strain. Alex Gordon was returned from his rehab assignment and activated from the D.L.
As last night’s success begins to resonate, Royals’ manager Trey Hillman looks for the bullpen to gain confidence. The Royals were able to hold down an extremely potent Red Sox offense; eventually finishing with one of the game’s top closers, Joakim Soria, securing the win in the ninth. Hillman was questioned on whether he feels his bullpen is beginning to settle into roles. He cited that last night’s effort by all but three backend arms will go a long way into establishing more permanent roles. However, Hillman does not expect anything to be cemented for several weeks.
One specific late-inning arm that Hillman touched on was reliever John Parrish, who has been effective in limited action this year. One reporter asked Hillman if he saw more innings in Parrish’s immediate future. Hillman stated that he could see Parrish being used multiple nights in a row as a situational pitcher used primarily against lefties. But with Parrish’s career being slowed by injuries, the coaching staff must keep a watchful eye on the southpaw.
Hillman was also asked about several hitters that have yet to see significant playing time. Hillman responded that while he would like to get players like Mitch Maier and Mike Aviles in the mix; starters like Getz, Kendall, and Podsednik have shown such promise early this season that he does not want to break their rhythm and playing time will be decided upon a day-to-day basis.
Here’s what Royals manager Trey Hillman had to say before Friday’s game vs. Boston:
On Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke…
”Zack put us on the map,” said Hillman. “He got the organization lots of attention and makes everyone in the organization proud. It was a spectacular year for Zack.”
On second baseman Chris Getz’s speed and future…
”He’s a green light guy,” said Hillman. “He has a different gait. I was shocked at his running times because he just doesn’t look that fast. I knew when he came in that he was quick. Going 25-for-27 last year [in stolen bases] is pretty impressive. That was enough for me. I think eventually he’ll be a great leadoff or two-hole (hitter).”
On utilizing the bench…
”I like to get the regulars into a flow,” said Hillman. “I think mixing too early sends a bad message. It would be easier to do if we were 3-0, but I have every intention of using the bench. We’ll get there as soon as we can, but not at the expense of getting the offense in a flow. We’ll see how we roll and make adjustments for the road trip if we need to.”
On pitcher Gil Meche’s Sunday start…
”It’s official,” said Hillman. “There’ll have to be a roster move, but we’ll see. We still have a couple days to evaluate.”
With the final game in the series being an early start and last night’s 11-inning game, manager Trey Hillman faced questions about availability of several key pieces. After attempting a four-out save last night and throwing 32 pitches, Hillman said that closer Joakim Soria’s availability is in question and that no decision will be made until after the first pitch is thrown. Hillman’s preference is not to use Soria for more than three outs in future appearances, but cited that the most important factor is winning ball games.
Another question coming into today’s game is the condition of catcher Jason Kendall following last night’s extra-inning affair. Hillman said Kendall felt good this morning and that fans could expect to see the veteran catcher often in day games after night games.
The other question mark today was how Hillman’s lineup would look with the Royals’ hitters facing the first left-handed starting pitcher of the 2010 season in Dontrelle Willis. Hillman had entertained the idea of starting infielder Mike Aviles at second base in place of Chris Getz. However, Hillman penciled in Getz, saying he has shown excellent consistency in producing quality at bats early in the season. The final change affected by Willis’ start is the five and six slots in the batting order. Hillman said that the switch with outfielders Rick Ankiel and Jose Guillen will be commonplace when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.
- Getz attended Wake Forest University for one year before transferring to the University of Michigan. Now the former maize and blue star will wear Royal blue!
- Chris played in the Futures Game in 2008.
- He stole 25 bases last season in 27 attempts for the White Sox. The 92.6 percent success rate was the best in the American League among players with at least 10 attempts!
Royals infielder Chris Getz, acquired from the Chicago White Sox with infielder Josh Fields on November 6, has been named to the Topps Company’s 51st annual Major League Rookie All-Star Team for 2009.
Getz, a second baseman, was joined on the team by Giants’ first baseman Travis Ishikawa, White Sox’ third baseman Gordon Beckham, Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus, Marlins’ outfielder Chris Coghlan, Pirates’ outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Orioles’ outfielder Nolan Reimold, Mets’ catcher Omir Santos, Braves’ pitcher Tommy Hanson and Phillies’ pitcher J.A. Happ.
The 27-year old Getz batted .261 for in 107 games for Chicago, collecting 18 doubles, scoring 49 runs and stealing 25 bases in 27 attempts. The left-handed hitter ranked tied for first among AL rookies in multi-hit games (28), third in triples (4) and stolen bases, tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in walks (30), runs and hits (98). Getz’ 92.6 stolen base percentage (25-for-27) led the league (min. 15 attempts). Defensively, his seven errors were tied with Toronto’s Aaron Hill for the fewest among second baseman in the AL.
The Topps’ Major League Rookie All-Star team was initiated in 1959. The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2010 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in late January.
Royals’ right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister and infielder Mike Aviles were honored on the team following the 2007 and 2008 seasons, respectively.