What are your goals for this off-season when it comes to regaining your lost
velocity? Do you have a specific workout plan that is built to regain the
My goal is simple. And that is to get stronger. With my weight not being an issue anymore, I can focus soley on getting stronger and not dropping weight for the first couple months of working out. As far as arm strength and regaining velocity goes, I will be doing a completely different throwing program this offseason. The same one that Steve Delabar has done in the past.
With John Farrell leaving, can you reflect on your time with him?
My time was good with John. He had some great things to tell me both about the physical side and the mental side of pitching.
Of Sandy Alomar Jr, Manny Acta, Brian Butterfield, and Sal Fasano, the 4
leading candidates for the Managerial opening,which would you prefer to be
the new manager of the 2013 Blue Jays?
Having never met the first two I can't really speak personally about them. Brian Butterfield is one of the smartest baseball people that I have ever met. He knows how to keep a very lose but very serious clubhouse. He is definitely one of my favourite baseball people, and it would be very exciting to have him as a manager.
I had Sal as a manager in AA, and the enthusiasm that he shows about
the game of baseball alone can make players better. I think in any
position he has at the big league level it would be an advantage for
us to have him.
What do you prefer to do; start, or be a lefty specialist/long man out of
I want to do whatever is going to make my team and myself successful.
Has Alex, or the club expressed to you what they believe your future on the
Not as of right now, I would assume that after the decision has been made on a manager that I will know something shortly after.
You are going to be arbitration eligible this off-season for the first time.
have you had any contract discussions yet, or will those be done after the
world series for a possible extension?
I won't be Arb. eligible for another year. I made the cutoff for super two but not the mandatory 86 days, I think, that I needed in service time this year. I only had 79.
A lot has been said about the Jays clubhouse atmosphere in 2012. What were
your thoughts on it?
Only being there for the short period that I was I cant really comment on anything. Obviously there were some problems that were addressed but as far as going into depth on anything you know just about as much as I do.
Shaun Marcum told the FAN590 recently that he would love to come back to
Toronto. You pitched with him for a while, would you like to see him back
with the Blue Jays?
I wouldn't mind having him back. He's one of the best "pitchers" I have ever seen play the game. When he is healthy he is as good as anybody.What were your thoughts on your 2012 season? How do you think you will
improve on it in 2013?
I had a very productive 2012. Really only two starts, Detroit and Anaheim, bloated my ERA. In 2013 I'm looking to improve overall, whether that’s in the rotation or out of the pen. I'm expecting to have a good year in either role.
And to end the interview, one last question. Who do you have winning the
Well since I took so long to do the interview and the WS is over I was going with Washington. But very happy for the Giants, especially my boy Sergio Romo. No better person then him to get the last out of the game. Unbelievable pitcher, and even better person!
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