On Manny Ramirez in Albuquerque: “He got through it and he didn’t get hurt…he’ll play the next five days, four days and be ready for us next week. I’m not concerned about statistics. I’m more interested in having him compete in some games.”
On Juan Pierre’s Upcoming Return to the Bench: “Juan certainly seized the opportunity and made the most out of it. We’ll just go back and, our original plan coming out of Spring Training was to give Juan a day or two a week in center field and rest Ethier or rest Kemp. We did it, I think three times, before Manny was suspended, so we’ll continue to do that. It’s just one of those things. When you have Kemp in center field, obviously getting better. Ethier’s been such a big part of our offense. with this National league baseball, there’s not much we can do about it.
On the Dodgers Not Losing Three Games in a Row All Season: “We’ve been lucky a lot. Our record in close games has been very good. It just so happens, a lot of those close games were played at home…our bullpen has been doing an amazing job. And that’s something that when we left Spring Training, we weren’t sure what it was all about. So I’ve got to credit the bullpen and just the resiliency of this team. They’ve been fighting and biting and going after things on an everyday basis and we’ve got to keep doing it.”
On Jason Schmidt: “Schmidt’s pitching tonight with no pitch count so we’ll see what that’s like.”
On Jeff Weaver: “Weaver gave us a courageous outing yesterday. He pitched his tail off, especially that last inning.”
On His First Impressions of Ichiro Suzuki: “Usually people don’t live up to the expectations but he certainly, when we saw him after what we were told about him, he was scary (for the opposition). He looked like he had a great deal of control over what he was doing. Defensively, it looked so easy for him. He’d be under every ball and make a throw right on the money, running fast after two steps, steal a base when he wanted to, and then when you watched him in batting practice you knew he could hit home runs when he wanted to…he’s about as complete a player as you want to find.”