WASHINGTON - The sun is out, the game has started and Adam Jones has launched his 10th home run deep into the left field seats, but I wanted to pass along a few comments from manager Buck Showalter.
On Jeremy Accardo:
“He was trying to make some adjustments to get a little more movement, get guys off him. I mean, he had a lot of balls squared up off him that were at people, too. His numbers were actually, going into last night, a little better than he actually pitched. We keep a thing about balls given up that are hard hit, and he wasn’t doing too well in that category.
“It’s a tough conversation to have with a guy who’s been around a little and has done good things at this level. It’s like you don’t take it lightly. He’s got a family. But my priority is what’s best for the Baltimore Orioles, and it reached a point where we didn’t feel like the return was going to be there down the road. We had to make some moves last night that you really didn’t want to make. I didn’t want to bring Koji (Uehara) in there, I really was trying to stay away from (Jason) Berken. I think what we miss sometimes is their struggles and how it effects other people on this club, positions you’re having to put them in that you don’t want to. That’s frustrating for all of us.”
On Brad Bergesen:
“Today he’s in long relief. Jeremy (Guthrie) came out and threw today; it was pretty positive. It also gives us an option for Tuesday - him or Jeremy or Berken. It depends on how we get through these games. Regardless of who’s pitching on a given day, you want to have some length behind him, and Bergy presents that for us. He’s pitched well down there for us.”
On whether Ryan Adams was sent down so he could play every day:
“It’s also Blake (Davis) has been playing well down there for us. He plays multiple positions and runs fairly well, left-hand bat, does some things. Ryan benefited from the time here, hopefully. I had a pretty good conversation with him last night about taking that exposure to the speed of the game up here. I think you’ll see him go down there and do some things, kind of finish off. I hope he says that wasn’t good enough at the next level. It was time for him to get back playing. I think the benefits he was getting from playing here had gotten to the point where there were benefits with him being there.”
On whether Guthrie can make Tuesday’s start:
“I don’t think you’ll ever know that for sure until he gets between the lines. It’s one thing to play catch in the outfield and it’s another thing to take a workday in the field. All indications are that we won’t have to go on the disabled list. That’s about as far as I’ll take it right now. I feel like that’s for sure. So far so good.”