From the Bullpen: Matt Squires' On-Line Journal

In his weekly on-line journal, Matt Squires talks about being activated from the disabled list and how the team is coming together - at least offensively. Plus, Matt offers some thoughts on what kind of manager he likes to play for and how Reading's Greg Legg stacks up.

Finally, I'm back to a point where I'm ready to come off the DL. I spent a lot longer out of action than I originally thought that I would, but my time table really was pretty unrealistic. That's why there are coaches, doctors and trainers to make those decisions. You might remember that when I went on the DL, I did my best to talk everybody out of making that move. Now, I know it was the right thing to do.

I threw a simulated game and felt pretty good. My velocity is still down a little, but that's coming around. My arm and shoulder feel really good. Now, it's just the routine soreness that you get after throwing and none of the pain that I was having when I went on the DL. Now, it's just a matter of getting into games and getting some outs. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to returning.

We were rained out on Monday, which wasn't the worst thing in the world. Our bullpen has been stretched pretty thin, so an unscheduled off day will definitely help. While I came off the DL, Keith Bucktrot went on the DL on Monday. His shoulder has been bothering him and he missed a couple starts. They were hoping that he might not have to go on the DL, but after my experience, I can tell you that sometimes, it's just necessary. The bottom line is that Bucktrot should be fine. We definitely need him in the rotation, because he's been huge for us this season.

The rain out also gave me some time to spend with my girl friend, who just came into town. She just graduated from college and it's great to see her. With the rain out, we had some time to spend together that we didn't plan on having.

Our offense is going really well. Our pitching is a little messed up right now. We've had some injuries and player moves that left us a little short at times. Getting the pitching staff straightened out would be huge for us. I've heard that it's possible that Elizardo Ramirez will be optioned back to the minors, but instead of going to Clearwater, he'll come here to Reading. That would give us a strong addition to the rotation. Plus, it would be great to have him with us, because he's a good guy and would probably fit in really well here. Then, if Cole Hamels gets promoted from Clearwater, we would have Ramirez, Hamels, Gavin Floyd and Bucktrot when he gets healthy. That would be huge.

This really is a good team and it's a lot of fun to be a part of this club. Our manager, Greg Legg, has done an amazing job keeping this team together. We've had some injuries, but he's been really great to deal with. He knows what he's doing and how to handle his players. Legg is one of those managers that's easy to talk to. Actually, as a pitcher, I don't really deal with him too much, because we spend most of our time with the pitching coach, Rod Nichols. Still, having a strong manager who knows how to get the most out of his players is great.

I have to admit that generally, I prefer the kind of manager that gets in your face a little. I guess you could call them the "Larry Bowa types". For some reason, I don't mind that approach. I've played for managers like that before and didn't have a problem with them. After all, sometimes you need someone to tell you exactly how it is and if you deserve it, you have to just take it.

I guess that's about all for now. Remember, if you have any questions or comments for me, you can e-mail me and I'll address your e-mail in an upcoming journal entry. I'm having fun doing these articles and would love to hear from you. Have a great week and I'll let you know how things go with my return to the active roster.


Matt Squires' Game Log


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

May 5 at Norwich

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

0

May 8 vs New Hampshire

2.2

3

2

1

0

2

0

0

0

3.37

0

Season Totals

14.2

12

8

7

9

11

0

0

1

4.30

1

 



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