Manuel: You People Are Confused

manuel-ghandi-smIn case you missed it, I’m re-posting a pearl of wisdom from Jerry Manuel. It is for everyone who is “confused” and thinks that J.J. Putz was “overused” by pitching in 19 of the team’s first 33 ballgames (a pace that would have equaled 93 appearances over a 162-game season).

“… I don’t think anybody’s been overused. I think what happens is a lot of times, early in the season, because guys get in games, but people forget that there’s off days … you know there’s off days so they say ‘well he’s been in this many games and this many times and he’s gonna be worn out’ … But there are times like we’re in now, that you don’t have off days, so those are the days that people kind of get confused on that”

Hmm … strangely, I’m even more confused now than I was before.

FYI, below are the exact dates that Putz pitched:

April 6,8,10,13,15,17,18,21,24,27,29

May 1,2,4,5,8,10,12,13

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