Game 86: Somerset Patriots Pre-Game Notes

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5:05 PM — Manager Julio Mosquera, as expected, kept information regarding Kluber’s pitch/inning count close to the vest.  He did, however, say that Ken Waldichuk is set to piggyback Kluber’s outing tonight, and that Luis Medina will now start tomorrow.

4:15 PM — Chris Gittens met with reporters prior to today’s game, saying he’s “just trying to get back in the groove of things after the injury in Boston,” and getting his bat ready for whenever it is he gets called back up.  He says he feels “real close” to a return, but this’ll also be his first day playing in the field on his rehab, which he says will give him a better indication of just how close he is.

“Just moving side to side on ground balls, and knowing where my range was and where it’s at right now, I feel like it’s about the same.  So, just go from there and keep doing what I’m doing.”

It was a grind for the 27-year-old slugger to even get to the big leagues, so to get injured — especially the way he did — was particularly difficult to deal with for Gittens.

“It was very frustrating,” he said.  “You never want to get hurt, especially up in the big leagues.  You want to show what you’ve got.  One of my coaches used to say the best ability is availability, so I just want to be able to be out on the field with my teammates.  It’s a little frustrating, but I can just control what I can control and go from there.”

3:45 PM — It’s Corey Kluber day here in Somerset, as the Cy Young Award winner is set to take the bump here on what seems to have been a seemingly endless string of big league rehab assignments.

In addition, Chris Gittens is back with the club and is playing first base while hitting second.

PORTLAND

Cannon 2B
Castellanos RF
Casas 1B
Granberg DH
Baldwin 3B
Hernandez C
Rosario CF
Reed LF
Williams SS

Winckowski P

SOMERSET

Lockridge CF
Gittens 1B
Cabrera SS
Breaux C
Beltre RF
Garcia DH
Gilliam LF
Bell 3B
Dunn 2B

Kluber P

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