Q: Did you talk to him after that inning?
Kratz: “He was hurting pretty good. He was hurting pretty good after the inning. So there wasn’t any – I’m not a doctor. But I can see sick. I’ve seen sick and that was sick.”
Q: Today aside, how has he looked to you this spring? Everyone is questioning after last year, that last start. What’s your confidence level that he’s going to be the guy people remember from 2011?
Kratz: “100 percent. I think there’s something to be said when competitive people don’t do as well as they want. I think, he would never say it, but there were some issues he was dealing with last year that he was trying to fight through. And fighting through those shows his competitiveness. He didn’t have the success that he wanted, and then things changed for him in the offseason. A guy who is annually, year in and year out going to work hard, and now he’s going to get a little more information. He had a little bit of a down year and you learn from your mistakes. How he looks physically, and his mental aptitude, that’s never in question. How he loks physically and how he’s carrying himself around in between starts. I’m excited, let’s put it that way.”
Q: With him working on things last time, only one inning today – are you confident he can be where he needs to be for first start of season?
Kratz: “For sure. For sure. A guy with less experience, you’d probably worry, but maybe he’ll throw a few more pitches in his next outing, his next bullpen – he’s had these situations before. He and Dubee will work through it as far as his pitch count. I think you can really set yourself back if you go out there throwing sick, it’s kind of like throwing hurt, you wil do things your body is not going to do. If he had gone out there and thrown 50 or 60 more pitches under those conditions, it probably wouldn’t have been good for the long term.”
Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:33 PM | 6 comment(s)
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