Melvin: 'If we're going to be a good team we're going to have to beat good pitching.'
Bob Melvin talks about Eric Sogard, Manny's hamstring, and having to face Seattle again.
Yeah I mean me so guard based on scoring he has this hat. You know another some different variables without the fifth starter at this point we go -- our roster. Couple different ways that he really needed it to go down gets -- at -- It's comments offensively -- knows better player offensively showed last year it certainly does break. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Couple that with the fact that we had a shorter schedule and you really really never was able to get going so. Great teammate a guy that has an infectious personality -- clubhouse plays the game where you want it to you never have to tell him what to do or where to be in. Always hustle and -- he knows he's -- and just just work on his bat to get better offensively. Listen it's. Well give me any team can play everywhere in the diamond I think he. You know after last year's experience in the big leagues really feels like. He's a big leaguer now there's an acceptance. And all of us that you know hey I belong here now I think he's definitely believe that. Like the city there isn't a position in the infield and can't open your nice job and so he he deserves to be here and you know could use a more than. Just a platoon type thing -- or match him up. Whether to adults and are third in and we felt comfortable given. Whether it's Kenny -- weeks -- day off -- -- and he's there and I'm going there and still fill the role that particular day. It's been a process that. You personally cannot see the light go on and players and see that confidence and you really do and it was seventy merely early this spring game before we started. Playing games that he was talking a little bit more mixing it up but the team is really felt like he belongs with the group. And then when he went out had a great start I think that this kind of solidified his mind and not play in the big leagues here and I belong here and everything he's done this this spring which suggests that. -- Probably go all the way down there in years as far as some of the other way they will go down -- the end. The last three and so -- we're we're still a couple moves away from being torn about. You realize. Well one how he feels whether or not he feels he can go out there play for five games -- -- It's it's it's probably as much a mental than physical thing we feel like he's gotten to a point. Physically where. He's he's probably get a good spot to be able to do it but mentally you have to get past that hurdle. You know can I do this how many days in a row and to this point he doesn't matter to me -- -- so. I'm not sure win could be tomorrow it could be several days away I'm not real sure hope we're getting closer. Yeah. Is tough to tell on the name. It's tough to tell you. Yeah. You know I really don't think you know it bothered him some two point worry he wasn't playing in a few games there at the end it. I don't think we're too concerned about that it's it's more. You know twenty days from when he's able to come that there were probably more worried about Manny I think he's he's the type of guy and it's. You know it's up on the December day -- is able to hit so. I think the most important things will be the ten games before he gets here or he can play. You know against higher competition. And kind of lead up into those days for the next. 20/20 five days or so we just wanna give him some at bats there may be seem to know a little bit for batting practice and and just hammer around I don't think we're were. Really concerned one about the hamstring into. You know the first portion of this. You know suspensions so. Bad don't think -- -- his hamstring is it is a big issue right now believe in us. Today he's actually in the air right now I was in New York today to stop girl -- that we should know something neither. Maybe later today or tomorrow. This schedule is what it is that -- Seattle. First I'm what do you make it's just. You'll know a lot about them found out. Yeah and kids did you know where guys who once were we ended up seeing a movie like good riddance I think both sides we've seen enough you know spring training early on as well so. This is something that factors in right now I see where they. Football for starters and we'll see Felix over at their place again so we'll see him three times in the first I don't know how many games this season which is. You know it's. It's moved we you know it's we we have stepped up being so it's. Until we do that we played about a always want the don't go out there before going to be a good team we're going to be good pitching so we get tested early on its. Left my -- hopeless feeling good thing I hear you on our -- -- -- and everything has finally guys. I think today you know I think it is a little differently for everybody I didn't feel -- all the first couple days and all of a sudden it hit me her whole day and a half. -- I never felt good yesterday at the Sacramento day and I feel like I'm -- -- today so I think it's probably something that the individual deals with them. I certainly would think by the time. You know we get to -- day game or certainly the -- and it should be past that I think that was the whole. Part of scheduling a visit both teams were past that we'll get back to -- the season.