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The talk today centered on the new additions to the Kansas City Royals; right-handed pitcher Brad Thompson and left-handed pitcher Bruce Chen. Royals’ manager Trey Hillman is excited to see the new arms in the bullpen and stated he is looking for the right combination to get the baseball to closer Joakim Soria in the ninth inning. Hillman knows that the Royals record this season would be significantly improved had they seen better outings from their relievers.
With these additions, also came some losses from the Royals’ bullpen. The Royals released relief pitcher Juan Cruz and designated relief pitcher Luis Mendoza for assignment. Hillman cited that Cruz didn’t have his full strength on several occasions this spring, possibly from a lingering sore shoulder that bothered him last season. However, Hillman believes these moves show the Royals are dedicated to winning now and will not settle for giving away any victories.
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.
The Royals stormed back for a 4-3 win over Boston tonight. Let’s look at the photos!
Scott Podsednik is a gamer…he put down a great sac bunt to move DeJesus to third.
After a walk to Alberto Callaspo, Willie Bloomquist came in as a pinch runner for “Bert”. Bloomquist stole second base during Billy Butler’s at-bat. That set the table for Rick Ankiel, who was 3-for-3 at the time and a triple shy of the cycle. There’s no need for a cycle when you drive in a pair with a single! Bloomquist came around to score the go-ahead run.
Joakim Soria and Jason Kendall celebrated after Soria’s first save of 2010. Then, it was time for Fireworks Friday presented by Hy-Vee and Pepsi!
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.
Congratulations to Joakim Soria, who has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for September! This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Soria pitched in 12 games during September and converted each of his 10 save opportunities. He tossed 13.2 scoreless innings, and permitted 12 hits and five walks with 21 strikeouts. Soria was one of five pitchers with at least 10.0 innings pitched and no earned runs allowed in September. The 2008 A.L. All-Star recorded saves on three straight days on two occasions, from September 7-9 and from September 20-22. The Monclova, Mexico native nailed down 20 of his final 21 save opportunities in 2009 to finish the season with 30 saves, becoming the first Royal to post back-to-back seasons with 30 or more saves since Jeff Montgomery (1991-93). Soria finished the season third in the Majors among relievers (minimum 50.0 IP) with 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings (Jonathan Broxton – 13.50; Rafael Soriano – 12.13), and seventh in the American League in saves. Joakim went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA, permitting 44 hits and 16 walks with 69 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.
Other relievers receiving votes included Minnesota’s Joe Nathan (0-1, 3.77 ERA, 12 SV, 14.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 18 SO); Mariano Rivera (2-1, 1.54 ERA, 7 SV, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 11 SO) of the New York Yankees; Jonathan Broxton (0-1, 1.98 ERA, 7 SV, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 21 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Cincinnati’s Francisco Cordero (0-2, 1.46 ERA, 10 SV, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 12 SO).
Royals closer Joakim Soria has launched his personal website, http://www.joakimsoria48.com. The website, written in both English and Spanish, offers fans a variety of information about baseball and Soria’s charities. Fans also have the opportunity to communicate with the “Mexicutioner” through the website in a variety of ways.
Soria’s website focuses on pitching and conditioning tips. The website gives fans the option to e-mail Soria with questions, follow him on Twitter or join his Facebook fan page. “I’m excited to get closer to my fans and to promote my charity,” Soria said. Each article on the website can also be shared to link on your favorite social networking sites.
Soria is in the process of developing a charitable foundation to build baseball fields in Mexico in underprivileged neighborhoods. The foundation has yet to be named.
Today, the Royals place right-handed pitcher Sidney Ponson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 30 with a right elbow strain. Closer Joakim Soria and shortstop Tony Pena, Jr. were activated from the disabled list and will be available for tonight’s game at Tampa Bay.
In other news, the Royals have signed Tim Raines, Jr. to a minor league contract. The 29-year old Raines batted .311 with 18 home runs and 78 RBI for Tucson in the PCL last season. He played for Baltimore in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Tim Jr. played alongside his dad, seven-time All-Star Tim Sr., in 2001 for the Orioles. The younger Raines has been assigned to Triple-A Omaha.
Could have been better
Manager Trey Hillman was still feeling the sting from his one-game suspension, which he served during Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. “I am still a little ticked off, I have a real problem with a game or games being taken away from me,” Hillman said. He also went on to say he was not a big fan of having his own personal off day, “I absolutely did not enjoy being away from the guys, I did not like my day off,” Trey stated. He went on to say that he spoke to the appropriate people in charge of his situation, but to this day does not understand how his suspension came to be so, and that he wished he “had his day in court”.
Behind the Scenes at the “K”
A Royals Insider reporter asked Hillman, “What do we need to know about the amazing front office staff that assists him everyday with his daily routines and schedules?”
“Well, when you have people like Mike (Mike Swanson, Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting) and Dave (Dave Holtzman, Director of Media Relations) it can get real easy around here,” Hillman said. “The things that I struggle with in my day-to-day operations are made amazingly simple with the help of the front office staff that they have in place, I enjoy being around these people, if I didn’t, it would get real weird around here,” Trey said. “You have to have a tremendous amount of trust with the individuals you work with everyday, and we have that here, on the field and in the front office,” Trey exclaimed. Hillman finished by saying, “You have to like being around the same people everyday, and I can genuinely say, I like being around the staff they have assembled here.” Keep an eye out for a future episode of Royals Insider which features this piece.
Coco Crisp continues to be day-to-day, and is not in the line-up tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Joakim Soria had terrific velocity Wednesday in his rehab stint down in Arizona, however location was somewhat of a problem for Soria. He will be monitored and is on schedule to pitch tomorrow with a pitch count not exceeding 25 pitches.
About the suspension
Major League Baseball handed down a one game suspension this morning to Royals manager Trey Hillman for today’s game against the Tigers. He is suspended for his brief confrontation with an umpire during Monday’s game against Detroit. Unlike the players, a coach or manager has no option to appeal. Hillman said, “I am shocked at the suspension, and that I was notified by e-mail five hours prior to today’s game.” He then stated, “I respect the rules of the game as well as authority, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.” Why he might be a little upset could be because he was told that the suspension was delivered because spit had made it from Trey’s mouth into the eye of the umpire involved. “If they think I spit on the umpire on purpose, I am highly offended by that accusation,” Hillman said. For today’s game Hillman will be unable to suit up, be around the clubhouse or the dugout. He is however allowed to sit in another area of the stadium.
Coco Crisp will be sitting out today’s game, and along with the off day tomorrow that should give his shoulder some time to heal. Look for him to be ready to go against the White Sox on Friday. Joakim Soria is on schedule to pitch today in a live game in Arizona. As reported prior, he has a pitch limit that may not exceed 15 pitches, so look for an inning or less from Soria today.