This is Andrew, and I have one more thing before I call it a night.
General Manager Jim Bowden spoke before the game about a variety of issues. A lot of the juicy material pertaining to Odalis Perez's adventure on Tuesday night was included in today's notebook, but here are a few of Bowden's other thoughts:
ON SIGNING THE TEAM'S FIRST FIVE DRAFT PICKS: "We're working at it. We're grinding it out. We think the market's pretty clear. We hope our players sign, because I hate when our players use a year. ... As soon as they want to pick up the phone and agree, it's close."
ON ZIMMERMAN TAKING BP: "It's encouraging. I was in meeting today. Saw his bp yesterday, missed today's. Manny sent me an e-mail when it was done, and he said it was even better than yesterday. So I think we all need to be optimistic at this point that there's a good chance he'll be able to come back some time after the All-Star break and he'll be able to continue on. He's not in pain. He's swinging the bat free and easy."
ON PITCHING PROSPECT SHAIRON MARTIS: "This is a guy we got in Mike Stanton trade. This is a pitcher who's got three-plus pitches. He's got a great frame. He goes right at them. He's always been one of our favorites. He's already in Triple-A at age 21. ... He's a pitcher. He knows how to pitch. He's got a great changeup. The one thing he's developed this year -- he's added some velocity for whatever reason. He's gotten up to 94. He was a prospect at 89-91 with a great change, and knew how to pitch, and now he's up to 94 with the same stuff. So he's developing."
IMPRESSIONS OF ROGER BERNADINA: "This guy hit .325 in Double-A and did extremely well. Look, we've seen some good things. During the Sunday game in Cincinnati with the bunt, and the line drive was exciting. The catch he made in Florida was exciting. When you jump them from Double-A, that's a big jump. A lot of times we'll sit there and say, 'Well, let's just bring up all the kids and let them play and learn.' Well, when you put them over their heads, there are risks there too that you don't always like. You just had to be patient with them and give them love, and it's going to take some growing pains."
EVER CONSIDER BARRY BONDS?: "No, because how old is he? He doesn't fit into our long-term plan."
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