Before Wednesday’s first pitch, I sent an e-mail to General Manager Terry Ryan asking for the official version of why Gardenhire had said of Nishioka, “He’s here to play.’‘
Ryan’s response was: “I am not sure what you are looking for. It is up to Gardy to make out the lineup with the 25 players available.’‘
Gardenhire’s public comments Wednesday did not sound like those of a manager who was playing Nishioka because he wanted to. He harrumphed his way through a Nishioka question from reporters and said he was done talking about the second baseman.
It seems clear that Gardenhire was playing Nishioka in Cleveland at the behest of the front office. The Twins still owe him $4 million and, best guess, Ryan didn’t want to write it off without taking another look.
Three games—and it’s been as hard to look at as Medusa’s head.
Forget the $4 million. Forget the morning flight to the Twin Cities. Put Nishi on that 3:49 to Tokyo. It will be better for all parties than to require him to break out his game for the Target Field faithful this weekend.
Posted: August 09, 2012 at 10:59 AM | 42 comment(s)
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