Our pitchers had the lowest batting average in the league last year (.106), so we want our pitchers to improve. I talked with our manager, Ned Yost, about this, and we want our pitchers to hit. I don't anticipate us using the DH very often.
More Quotes from Doug Melvin:I want our doctors to look at him back home. After they evaluate him, we'll make a decision. If they don't think he'll be able to pitch in another week, we'll probably have to DL him and call up a long reliever.
Next time, they could make a rule that a pitcher has to pitch in the last 30 days of the (previous) season. There will be some kinks like that, that need to be worked out.
There were one or two times we were prepared to send him out but we backed off. Ned had confidence in him and it paid off in the end.
It's hard to pick and choose. You look at guys who had good years. If they don't work out, maybe you go to somebody else. Not many teams do it after one year.
We think it's time for Corey to get a good shot, unless he falls flat on his face in spring training. If we could get him 250 at-bats this year, that's a step for his development. Corey brings some things to the table.
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