Acta on the rotation switch
First of all, I had it a bit off. Tim Redding will start on Friday night against Florida, and Mike O'Connor on Saturday. With Monday's off day, that just keeps Redding on his regular turn. The guy's been the team's best starter, might as well pitch him as often as possible.
Here's Manny Acta.
"We just want to release Matt from some of that tension that he's having every five days going out there," Acta said. "We want to give O'Connor a shot. He pitched very well in Triple-A. we still see him as a starter. And then they're just flip-flopping. Chico's going to go over there and do the same thing O'Connor was doing, which is he can come in and get a lefty, or he's going to be a long man out of the pen, which we need."
Are there specific mechanical things you want Chico to work on in the pen, or is it just getting his head right?: "Just be able to relax, and also, when you're pitching out of the pen, you have more chances of working on stuff. You might be able to get it two, three times in a game in a five-day period and go out there and work on whatever you need to work on. You could also go five days without getting into the game and get side work with [Randy St. Claire]."
Acta said they'll have to get a feel for how long it takes Chico to get warm in the bullpen. He won't be thrown into a late-game situation right now.
He also said O'Connor pitched very well in spring training, and in the minors. "It's not a tryout type of thing for one game," Acta said.
There you have it. Gotta hack out a notebook. Enjoy the game.
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