Manager Dave Trembley was very impressed with the performance of young Jason Berkens, even though Berkens took some body blows during the early innings of his first major league victory.
"Boy, it's fun to watch a kid come up here and pitch like he did,'' Trembley said. "He (kept the ball) down and he really had very, very good poise. The tempo was good. i thought his changeup was one of his best pitches.
"To me, that was the most important thing, his poise. We've had guys before come up and they've had just as good as stuff, because we expect everybody to be able to play at this level, but there's more to it than just having stuff and having toolsd. It's the ability to focus, the ability to not get out of control, stay in your lane and body language, poise, looking like you fit, not getting rattled. Berken was very good."
Trembley said that Berken will get more opportunities, though the makeup of the rotation remains a bit unclear. It looks like David Hernandez will come up to pitch Thursday, then Trembley will have to decide who goes back when Koji Uehara is ready to return to the starting rotation.
Berken didn't even get an invitation to major league spring training, but he got called up ahead of some pitchers who did.
"It should give a lot of other people a shot in the arm and some incentive,'' Trembley said. "That it's not where you start, it's how you end up. The direction that we're going is opportunity, and I think we've said that. I think Andy has echoed that. It's about opportunity. You can feel sorry for yourself, and all that kind of stuff. Or you can get the job done. Show us. Show people. Obviously Berken did."