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Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

Home Cooking

Manager Trey Hillman said he was very excited to come home after the recent road trip, and it wasn’t just because the team went winless in California.  “We’re excited about the community involvement here, we feed off it, it takes us to another level at times,” says Hillman.  He went on to say that there is a calm about being at home, the players feel it and it translates onto the field.  Hillman said usually less mental errors and mistakes are made when you feel more at ease with your surroundings.

Coco’s Experience

Invaluable was the word used by Trey to describe the impact Coco Crisp has on his team.  “His experience in Major League Baseball is vital, it balances out some of our players here and to a degree brings a sense of calmness to the club,” says Hillman.  “He’s a professional, who works hard, plays hard, and that is the kind of role model you want on your team, to inspire and to teach others.”

How is Soria?

Joakim Soria has yet to begin throwing, which means the team is unable to evaluate his progress or lack thereof.  Manager Hillman says there is no timetable as of yet and that the team is just trying to get Soria involved in extracurricular activities until he is capable of consistently rehabbing his current right shoulder injury.

Misc.

Reliever John Bale is consistently hitting 86-89 mph on back-to-back days, with continued improvement in velocity daily on his rehab assignment.  Doug Waechter had a setback in a rehab appearance as his oblique muscle is now giving Doug discomfort.  Hillman says he has nothing in store for the game tonight with regards to it being “ladies night”.  He said, “I guarantee no one paid to watch me manage tonight.”

Trey Hillman Pregame Media Session

On Jose Guillen, who hit two home runs on Monday

Guillen says his timing is there.  Hillman disagreed with him on his first game back, but believes he has his timing now.  He needs to just swing at good pitches

On Soria and Waechter injury updates

There is no time table on a return for Joakim Soria or Doug Waechter.  Waechter threw a bullpen session today without pain.

On Greinke, the SI cover, and media attention

Hillman noted that Zack is a special pitcher (and admitted that special is an understatement).

Zack does not get caught up in the hype of the SI cover, but Hillman believes it is great for Greinke and for Royals.

Hillman mentioned that Zack has a lot of personal strength and that his teammates and coaches love working with Zack.  He noted that pitching coach Bob McClure and catcher Miguel Olivo have been vital in Zack’s development.

Hillman is hopeful that the national attention of Zack on the Sports Illustrated cover will bring more people out to the game tomorrow night (Wednesday) when Greinke makes the start.  He also mentioned what the attention can do for the team.

“We have the desire…we can be the team we want to be for the Kansas City community and build our fan base outside of the Kansas City area as well.”

Bannister recalled from Omaha, Waechter to D.L.

8-12 Bannister.jpgThe Royals have recalled right-handed pitcher Brian Bannister from Omaha (AAA) and placed right-handed pitcher Doug Waechter on the 15-day D.L. (retroactive to April 18) with a lateral strain in his right elbow.  Bannister is scheduled to make the start for the Royals on Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Indians.

Bannister, 28, was 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in three starts for Omaha.  He recorded 7.0 shutout innings on April 14 at Round Rock and followed that up with 2.0 perfect innings Sunday at home against Albuquerque.

The 28-year old Waechter posted a 4.50 ERA in three relief outings for the Royals.

Deal making in Vegas

Baseball’s Winter Meetings wrapped up today in Las Vegas, and the Royals had a flurry of activity on the final day. Here’s a recap:

* Kansas City selected pitcher Jose Lugo from the Twins in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft and immediately traded Lugo to Seattle for cash considerations.

* The Royals selected three players in the Triple-A Phase of the draft:

            – Right-handed pitcher Luis Ortega, 21, who pitched in the Dominican Summer League for the Washington Nationals two squads in 2008.

            – Catcher John Suomi, 28, who split his 2008 season in the Phillies organization between Class AA Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
 
            – Right-handed pitcher Carlos Arias, 23, who spent 2008 at Class A Mahoning Valley in the Cleveland Indians organization.

* The Royals lost left-handed pitcher Gilbert De La Vara in the Major League Phase to the Houston Astros and right-handed pitcher Russ Haltiwanger in the Triple-A Phase to the St. Louis Cardinals.

* Kansas City’s signed free agent pitchers Horacio Ramirez and Doug Waechter. The left-handed Ramirez is expected to battle for a rotation spot. He made 15 appearances with KC in 2008 before being traded to the White Sox for minor league outfielder Paulo Orlando. Waechter, 27, will be in the bullpen. The righty was 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 48 appearances with the Marlins in 2008.

* Minor league outfielder Jordan Parraz was acquired from the Astros to complete the November 24 Tyler Lumsden trade. Parraz batted .289 with 31 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 42 RBI and 82 runs in 2008 for Class A Advanced Salem in the Carolina League. Baseball America ranked Parraz as the Astros prospect with the Best Outfield Arm prior to the 2008 season.

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