On long bus rides and longer triples
Isringhausen happy to be done with rehab assignment
Here are some of the notable quotes from around Major League Baseball this week:
"From Durham to Gwinnett in Atlanta -- it was 3½ hours, it was plenty long, but it was long enough for me to lose plenty of money during it, too. They were all happy about that. ... I don't miss those days, no."
- Jason Isringhausen, Tampa Bay reliever, talking about the bus ride he had to take while on his Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. (St. Petersburg Times)
"When he goes, we go. I don't think anybody was worried about what was going on. He got off to a slow start, but that's why you play 162 games. All that matters is where you are at the end. If he's hot at the end of the season and we're hot at the end of the season, nobody will even remember the slow start. You knew at some point he was going to come back and put it together. We're used to it. It's J-Roll being J-Roll."
- Ryan Howard on players' confidence in Jimmy Rollins. (MLB.com)
"I go to Lance [Berkman], Carlos [Lee], whoever, all the veterans around. I look at what they do, how they approach their at-bats, and what they're thinking about. Me and Hunter [Pence] talk about hitting all the time and just the approach that they have.
"My approach and Hunter's approach are totally different. I like to hear his approach just to see how he approaches the pitcher to see what makes him work, what makes him click. I like to talk about it so I can learn. The only way you're going to continue to get better is by asking people around you who have success doing it. Carlos has a totally different mindset, too, but it's just a point of knowing stuff that he's thinking about."
- Michael Bourn, Houston center fielder. (Houston Chronicle)
"I had to get out of the game yesterday because, when my body cooled off, it was really painful. Even when I try to sit down, it feels like a pinch in the bone. Then they gave me some painkillers, and it feels better."
- Marco Scutaro, Toronto shortstop, who was hit on the chest by a throw while stealing third base in the fifth inning and left the game two innings later on Saturday night. (bluejays.com)
"It's something I feel I can do. If called upon, hopefully I'll be able to help stem the tide. I won't necessarily replace what Rickie was doing, but, at the same time, I feel I can help. That's my role on the team.
"I've been trying to do as much as I can -- take as much early hitting as I can and stay fresh with ground balls at each position. The biggest thing is to make sure you're mentally prepared to play every day and not say, 'Oh, I'm not going to be in there' and go through the motions."
- Casey McGehee, Milwaukee infielder, on the potential for increased playing time following the wrist injury to Rickie Weeks. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"I turned that page already. It's something I don't want to remember. I'm just going to keep being aggressive, but being aware at the same time that there's a wall there, you know? It's pretty tiny [foul ground]. It's another day. It happened, and I hope it doesn't happen again."
- Angel Pagan, New York Mets outfielder, when asked to recall the season-ending shoulder injury he suffered at Dodger Stadium last year. (New York Daily News)
"Everybody's unique. Everybody's got to find out what works for him. It helped me a lot. It allowed me to be more of a power hitter. Did it take away [batting] average? Maybe. You swing through more fastballs, especially up in the zone, so you may strike out more. It's definitely harder to check your swing with this bat. There's definitely a downside to it. I might strike out more, but, with this bat, I use it because it helps me to be the type of player I need to be here."
- Adrian Gonzalez on using a heavier bat. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
"It's awesome. It's worked out pretty well. They're letting me get in there in clutch situations, and so far it's working out pretty good."
- Darren O'Day, Texas reliever, after pitching 1 1/3 innings to collect his first career save Sunday against the Angels. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"My shoulder -- it's the best it's felt probably in my whole career. It's as strong as it's ever been. And my elbow is making strides like it's supposed to. I think it'll be better than it was. I honestly feel like the better years are ahead of me."
- Tim Hudson, Braves starter, on his progress following Tommy John surgery. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
"He's locked in. He not only hit that 30-game hitting streak, he was hitting the ball hard and more than once in every game. I'll be saying this probably the rest of the season, but it's the fact that he's matured as a hitter, and also, he doesn't feel like he has to win the game by himself every night here."
-Nationals manager Manny Acta on Ryan Zimmerman following Zimmerman's 30-game hitting streak. (Washington Post)
"You could definitely tell it from the crowd. It was way vibrant. You could feel the emotion on the mound. Usually I drown it out, but you can get a boost when you feel the crowd getting so into it."
- Brian Wilson on his closing effort Sunday night that ended the Giants' four-game losing streak. (San Francisco Chronicle)
"I got to third and said, 'I am officially old,'"
- Jack Wilson, Pirates shortstop, after hitting a triple on Monday night, part of a 4-for-4 evening. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"As he gets comfortable, you can see the potential he has. For a guy who's getting his first crack at playing every day and hitting in the middle of the lineup, he's doing a terrific job."
-Angels manager Mike Scioscia on first baseman Kendry Morales. (Los Angeles Times)
"I think he threw one pitch 101 [mph], but more important to me is how much [pitching coach] Rick Adair and [bullpen coach] John Wetteland, they all tend to mechanics, and he keeps getting better and better."
-Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu after Mark Lowe struck out the side against the Red Sox on Sunday. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"When you get these kinds of opportunities, you've just got to try to take advantage of them -- pitch well and hopefully force their hand somewhere. When it comes time to send somebody back [to the Minors] or pick a guy that's going to stay up and help, hopefully they take two or three looks at your name and not just make it an easy choice. I feel like I've done that. I'm a confident guy. I'm confident I can pitch up here and help in any way."
- Randy Wells, Cubs pitcher, who was originally called up to take the rotation spot of Carlos Zambrano while the Cubs ace was disabled. (Belleville News-Democrat)
"In the infield, every single pitch you're trying to get the best jump you can, whether the guy is swinging or not. You're trying to get a feel. Pretty much every pitch you're breaking. In the outfield, you can't necessarily do that. You have to wait. You want to get a good jump, but you have to let it develop before you commit."
- Jayson Nix, White Sox utility player, who only recently started playing in the outfield, on the differences between playing infield and outfield. (Chicago Tribune)
"I feel comfortable. I feel good, but it's a process. You're playing against better competition now, but I try to stay within myself and continue to do what I'm doing."
-Matt LaPorta, Indians rookie, on adjusting to life in the Major Leagues. (MLB.com)
"Any time a runner goes by, most [infielders] are in the habit of looking down and peeking if they're not taking a throw or otherwise involved in the play. I've always done it."
- Mark Loretta, Dodgers infielder, on ensuring runners touch each base. (Los Angeles Times)
"It's a big series coming up, and to win four games in a row here before we go into a hostile environment like Fenway gets our confidence up. These guys are so relaxed and loose in here, and it's showing on the field. They get two runs on us, and we go right back at them and score in the very next inning, and we win the game. It's clockwork, and I'm just trying to do my part."
- Scott Richmond, Toronto starting pitcher, following the Blue Jays' sweep of the White Sox ahead of their series against East Division-rival Boston. (Toronto Sun)
"We dream of ninth innings like that. Obviously, those don't happen very often. It's got to be the biggest win of the season for us so far."
- Mike Jacobs, first baseman, after the Royals rallied for four runs in the ninth inning on Monday to beat Cleveland, 6-5. (Kansas City Star)
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