5:20 PM Mon, Sep 29, 2008 | Permalink
On roster moves heading into postseason:
There's a group of kids going down to Fort Myers. That's Devern Hansack, David Pauley, and David Aardsma. Obviously those three are not going to be on this first roster in the Angels' series. Pauley and Hansack will be stretched out in games down there and David Aardsma will pitch in relief down there. Chris Smith and George Kottaras were allowed to end their season and go home. Everyone else is going with us to Anaheim and we will finalize our roster out there.
On Lowell's status:
He came out today and actually did pretty well. Hitting is not really the problem. In fact, I think he said that's really the easy part. It's some of the lateral movement and I don't know if its starting and stopping - somewhat stopping, change of direction, things like that while he's rotating, but he did have a pretty good day. We'll try to answer some questions tomorrow - we don't need to have the Olympics out there, but we need to see what's going on. I think he does too. I think we're all on the same page with this - in fact I know we are - but tomorrow certainly is an important day. We were not allowed to take ground balls. That was kind of a tradeoff for having the field because of what they went through yesterday and then with some of the work they're doing. We weren't planning on having the field, but because we were out there so little for practice time, that was kind of a tradeoff that we wouldn't take ground balls in the infield - it was pretty chopped up.
On Drew's status:
J.D. did ok. He came out. Again, today was optional and he felt good enough to be able to participate in BP which was really a good sign.
On Beckett's status:
I think I talked about it last night at 10:30. I'm not sure what you really want to have happen between now and then. Although he does feel better, the idea would be for him to play catch tomorrow and have a side on Thursday. Again, there's not a lot that can happen from my side to you guys from 11 o'clock until now.
I don't know that you ever fully know the grade of something until it's over - unless there's some bleeding, which there isn't. I don't think its so much the grade as how quickly it goes away so he can pitch effectively - that's more important.
On Lester's opportunity in Game 1:
There's no getting around what Beckett has done in postseason play - not only for us, but with the Marlins. I think we're all looking forward to Jon Lester maybe making his time. He's been so good the last four months of the year, this is an exciting time. I think he was just named pitcher of the month again. Do they give it out in October or is that like MVP? Maybe he'll have a third month. Again, we love what Beckett can do and we respect what Beckett can do. We're starting to get that feeling about Lester.
The idea is to handle your responsibilities whatever they are - whether you're pinch hitting, you're starting in game 1, you're relieving in game 4 - just do what you can do. You don't make more out of it and you don't make less - just compete. He'll be fine.
He is not up to Sabathia innings nor days in between. Every time they pick up the ball, we monitor what they do - their workload - and he's passed everything with flying colors. Now saying that, he has increased a lot and this will be monitored over the winter and next year also. We will never forget that there has been a big increase in his workload but he is handling it very well.