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From the Bullpen: Matt Squires' On-Line Journal

Reading Phillies reliever Matt Squires is keeping a season-long journal and gives readers a sneak peek each week on PhillyBaseballNews.com. If you have any questions or comments for Matt, you can <a href="mailto:phillies1964@verizon.net">e-mail your thoughts</a> and Matt will address them in a future journal entry.

My command is still shaky, at best. Saturday night was a rough outing and led to more time working with our pitching coach Rod Nichols. A lot of what I'm battling right now is just the usual dead arm. It happens to a lot of pitchers, sometimes during spring training, sometimes later. It just feels like you can't do the things that you normally do. All you can do is keep working on things, keep your confidence up and ride it out.

This road trip is ending in a bit of a strange fashion. We were rained out Monday and they scheduled a double-header for Wednesday. We were already set to play an 11:35 a.m. game in Norwich and instead of putting the second game after that, they made it before. That means, game time will be nine a.m. That's the earliest I have ever taken part in a game in my career – at any level. It's a special promotion that the Norwich Navigators do for kids in their area, which is nice, but it will be a little strange. After the second game, we head home for a nice seven-game homestand.

This homestand will be pretty special for me. My Mom and Dad are coming in from Idaho to spend some time here. I haven't seen them in about three months, so it will be good to have them in town. It will be even better if I start to pitch a little better. They weren't able to make it to Clearwater last season, so it's been a while since they've been able to watch me pitch. Unfortunately, my sister and nieces couldn't make the trip, but they're already saving up to try to make it out next season. One of the down sides of this business is that you miss a lot of family things. My nieces are growing fast and I don't get to be there for all of the little things that they do and learn. We have an off day on Monday and right now, the plans are to spend the day in Gettysburg with my parents.

Gavin Floyd finally showed that he's human and gave up a couple runs Tuesday night. He still looks really strong and two of the runs that he gave up were unearned. It's always fun to watch the really good pitchers pitch and Gavin is something special.

With Roberto Hernandez getting hurt at the big league level and Jim Crowell moving up from AAA, it's possible that someone will move from here to Scranton temporarily. You never know when you're going to get the call and it's always nice to move up a level, but it's better when it's just based on merit and not on an injury. You always hope that when you move up, it's not going to be a temporary move. You also don't like to advance because of an injury. For now, we'll just wait and see what happens.

I'll have more news for you next week. Remember, if you have any questions or comments for me, you can e-mail me and I'll try to address them in a future journal entry. Hope to see you at the ballpark!


Opponent

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

W

L

ERA

SV

April 9 @ Akron

1.2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

1

April 11 @ Akron

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

0

April 15 vs Akron

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

0

April 20 vs Erie

1.1

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.00

0

April 24 at Trenton

1.0

4

3

3

1

0

0

0

1

27.00

0

April 25 at Trenton

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0.00

0

April 28 vs Portland

1.2

1

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0.00

0

May 1 at New Britain

1.0

3

3

3

2

0

0

0

0

27.00

0

Season Totals

10.2

9

6

6

9

9

0

0

1

5.29

1

 

 


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