Huntington on Moss, Dumatrait and Yates
GM Neal Huntington had his weekly Sunday session with the media, the highlights of which are below…
- Though Huntington wouldn’t go as far as to say that Brandon Moss has lost his job as the team’s starting right fielder, he did suggest that we’ll be seeing more of Delwyn Young out in right in the near future. Moss is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and only 4-for-28 this month. Young, on the other hand, came into Sunday’s game 15-for-42 in his 10 starts in right.
“With Delwyn [Young] playing as well as he is, this may be a point in time to give him some more opportunities and some more at-bats. Brandon may get a few days off here again to take a deep break and get a lot of work in the cage with [hitting coach] Donnie [Long]. At the same time, with what Delwyn’s done, maybe it’s a time for him to show us what he can do. I’m not saying that Delwyn is becoming our starting right fielder, but it is an opportunity for Delwyn to get some more time. We have a sequence here where it might be some time to get Brandon more time in the cage with Donnie and see where we go from there.”
- Phil Dumatrait continues to recover from a left shoulder injury down in extended Spring Training in Bradenton, Fla. Huntington said that the left-hander is close to getting back on the mound, though Dumatrait still has a long way to work his way back to being game-ready.
“It’s what his body will allow him to do,” Huntington said. “Knock on wood, he’s had a good return to throwing progression. We’re at the mercy at each of their bodies and what they can do.”
- Huntington had little new information on reliever Tyler Yates (right elbow inflammation), emphasizing again that how quickly Yates can return to the mound will be dictated by how he feels. The elbow pain only surfaces when Yates throws off the mound, which means that he can continue doing other exercises in the meantime.