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In today’s pregame meeting with manager Trey Hillman, the first topic of discussion concerned the roster move in the bullpen. Hillman announced that Blake Wood (RHP) will replace Josh Rupe (RHP) who was designated for assignment. The Royals skipper added that Rupe has been too ineffective against right-handed hitters and needs to work ahead more. Rupe can elect free agency if he chooses, but Hillman said he hopes Rupe doesn’t take that route. Hillman sees Wood, who will wear #38 and be here for tonight’s game, as a two-inning pitcher who will be used as needed.
With this roster move came questions regarding future changes in general. According to Hillman, it’s time to mix things up a little bit, which is why Scott Podsednik will bat leadoff tonight and David DeJesus will be in the three-hole. Hillman claimed that DeJesus is the purest number three hitter on the roster and one of the best hitters he has ever managed. Though the outfielder doesn’t have the numbers the manager would like to see right now, Hillman still believes DeJesus is a .300 hitter and hopes that putting him in the three-hole will help him reach that mark.
While tonight’s lineup tweaks will not be the final adjustment made, Hillman does hope the rate of change slows down as the team makes progress. In the meantime, however, he also hopes that fans see he isn’t afraid to make changes and try new things. Because just like the fans, Hillman is as frustrated as he’s ever been, and at the end of the day, all he wants is for the Kansas City Royals to be a contending club.
Here’s what manager Trey Hillman had to say Monday afternoon before the game vs. Seattle:
On facing Mariners’ right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez:
“He’s nasty. He’s good at making you chase, so we’ll need to be disciplined.”
On what the Royals need to keep improving:
“We need more stability. The offense gets enough hits, but we still leave runners stranded…and we give up more runs than anyone in the MLB in the seventh inning…more consistency would help.”
On Rick Ankiel’s status (strained right quad):
“He’s ok, still a little stiff. He was pinch-hittable yesterday, so we’ll see how he is today and re-evaluate for tomorrow.”
On getting more out of the starting pitchers:
“We’re getting enough. We need to keep guys healthy as long as possible. Eventually we’ll let guys get to 120 pitches.”
On the Royals’ defense:
“It’s not as good as I’d hoped, specifically on double-plays. Overall, Podsednik is a great left fielder, but with the dimensions and wind there’s a learning curve. Balls in the left field corner are pretty difficult.”
On being comfortable with the bullpen:
“I’m closer than opening day, but we’ve had a few bumps. I’m comfortable with Rupe to get the job done, and Parrish is good when he’s not overused. He [Parrish] has one of the best left-on-left breaking balls and I still think we can get the same Tejeda as last year.”
Fields to undergo surgery
Manager Trey Hillman told the media that infielder Josh Fields will undergo right labral hip surgery. He is likely out for the season at this point. The surgery will be performed by the same hip specialist that handled the surgeries for Alex Gordon and Alex Rodriguez.
Rick Ankiel left last night’s game with a slight pull of the right quad. Mitch Maier is in the lineup today and Ankiel is “probable” for a potential pinch hit appearance. The injury is considered day-to-day and not serious enough to send the outfielder to the D.L.
Second baseman Chris Getz is doing well and will start a rehab assignment on Monday in Omaha. The plan is for Getz to play three to four games with the O-Royals before returning to the Major League squad. He is eligible to return from the D.L. on Friday.
Joakim Soria pitched a season high 2.0 innings last night. His availability for Sunday’s game depends on the situation.
Josh Rupe worked out of a bases-loaded situation last night, then worked another scoreless frame. Hillman is pleased with Rupe’s progress and his aggressiveness on the mound.
The Royals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Josh Rupe and outfielder Buck Coats to minor league contracts for the 2010 season.
The 27-year old Rupe has made 70 career appearances (1 start) since breaking into the big leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2005. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound hurler is 4-2 with a 4.95 ERA, tossing 132.2 innings. He made just four appearances in the Majors in 2009 while spending a majority of the year at Oklahoma (AAA). Originally a third-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2002 Draft, Rupe tied for the Majors League lead in 2008 with 89.1 relief innings for Texas. He and his wife, April, have a son, Tucker, and reside in Virginia Beach, Va.
Coats, 27, spent all of 2009 with Triple-A Las Vegas in the Toronto organization. Coats also served as the primary leadoff man and centerfielder in Team USA’s run to the gold medal in the Baseball World Cup in September. The left-handed hitting and right-handed throwing outfielder batted .302 with 33 doubles, three triples, six homers, 56 RBI and 82 runs scored in 117 games with Las Vegas this season. He stole 25 bases in 32 attempts and drew 47 walks against just 64 strikeouts. The Georgia native has appeared in 46 career Major League games with the Cubs (2006), Reds (2007) and Blue Jays (2008), hitting .193 (11-for-57). Coats, the Cubs’ 20th-round pick in 2000, is married with one child.