With the 7:10 pm start for the Oakland game manager Scott Servais held his daily press talk at 3:00 instead of the usual 8:00. Nothing particular new, surprising or revealing was shared:
-James Paxton threw the ball better in yesterdays start. Servais felt he was “really sharp ” in the first three innings. In last two innings not so sharp, he fell behind in the count a little but “all in all a good start.”
-Franklin Gutierrez is still out with the flu. No other new cases reported. Catcher Steve Clevenger is “starting to get his weight back” as he recovers from the flu.
Furbush sounds like he will NOT be ready for day one. Servais not real sure when he he will take the next step in coming back.
With 10 games left the regular lineups will be playing more together and deeper into games as in full games, nine innings. Part of this is to start sending down rmaining players who will NOT be on the 25 man roster. Servais stated that would not happen today and he was not real sure when the next move is made. Obviously that is a Dipoto decision.
-Survais feels good about getting to know the players and the players getting to know the staff. He indicated he has received positive feed back from the players regarding relationship and familiarity with each other and staff. “we are in a good spot there…”.
-The staff has its plan in place for the last 10 games. Getting more players playing back to back, more innings (as in nine innings) etc. Getting Mongomery into games in his new role as a LH reliever is critical with Furbush out for a while longer. Omntgomery has shown well but is leaning anew roll. . Servais “really interested t see how Karns does tonight.” Right now with Paxton and Karns still starting the M’s are using a six pitcher rotation. When the regular season kicks off that will trim back to five starters.