Was there discomfort before the fourth inning?
“Yeah, but nothing serious.”
You felt like you could get through it till facing Davis?
“When I stopped Davis off with those curveballs, I felt it. I knew. I knew it was different than it had been before, so we needed to stop.”
“I threw those curveballs and it didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel like I was going to be able to throw it to the plate. I looked up there and it said 86 on a fastball [later against Davis]. I just couldn’t….”
It was worse than the last start?
“I would have kept pitching if it wasn’t.”
You’ll get up tomorrow and hope it improves next couple of days?
“We’re going to get the MRI and hope. Hope for the best results and … I don’t know.”
“There’s nothing I can do until we know more.”
Frustrating to have it happen, just when you’re really taking your performance to another level?
“It’s really frustrating. I’ve had a lot of success when I’ve felt good this year. It’s frustrating because I feel like I’m in a position where I know more, where I know what I’m trying to do and I’m doing it when I physically can.”
Did you feel fine in your two bullpen sessions since last start?
“I felt fine. That’s what’s so frustrating. I think it was because it was not a game situation, because I’m not cranking it up.”
On Beachy’s injury
“He had a reoccurrence of the elbow thing. I thought he looked great until the last hitter he faced. But it’s reoccurrence of the elbow thing. We’re going to reevaluate tomorrow and probably get an MRI as soon as we can, tomorrow or Monday.”
Always fearful when it involves elbow?
“I don’t know. I think sometimes people are more worried about shoulders than they are elbows these days. But we’ll see. I’ve got no news. I’m sure tomorrow will give us a better indication.”
On his fastball velocity
“When he walked Davis his velocity went straight down. He was throwing pretty good and all of a sudden that velocity, the last pitch he threw was 88, 89.”
“He brought Mac out. Mac looked in the dugout and I said something was wrong. There was no sense at that point to even try to throw another pitch.”
On Hammel’s one-hitter
“He had all his pitches working. We hit some pitches hard at people. I thought Jason’s first ball he hit, up against the 380 sign, I thought that ball was going to get in the gap and they had a guy standing right there. We hit some balls hard that didn’t fall, and then all of a sudden we lose our starter and have to go to the ‘pen and we get put behind the eight-ball.”
On possibly plugging in Medlen if Beachy misses time
“We’ll talk about it tomorrow more, but it’s one of those situations where you wait and hope that Beachy doesn’t miss more than one start. You hate to put Medlen in [the rotation in that case] and kind of rob Peter to pay Paul. We’ll see. We’ll talk in the morning with Frank [Wren] and Bruce [Manno, asst. GM] and see what we come up with. Because Medlen in the bullpen is pretty good; gives us a good opportunity. I wish I had more of an answer for you, but it’s just in a holding pattern right now.”
On Hammel’s one-hit shutout
“He pitched real well. I’ve always known he was a good pitcher since the days in Colorado. He had good stuff then. It’s like it got even better now. He moved the ball around, had the good fastball, so you really can’t come off his fastball. And then he also has good off-speed stuff as well.
“We were up there trying to give him good at-bats, but when a pitcher is on like that, it’s on.”
On Beachy doing so well until the last batter he faced, then leaving hurt
“You see his velocity going down a little bit, then you were wondering…. After I saw him come off the mound a little bit on that one pitch, I was wondering.”
“His health comes first. He needs to take it easy. He’s too good to try to be pushing it out there if it’s still hurting him. All of us, all 24 other guys want him out there, but I mean he’s got to be healthy first.”
“The way he’s hurt, he’s got to take it easy. Because he’s got hopefully a long career ahead of him.”
On Heyward getting a hit
“You don’t want that to happen. You don’t want to get no-hit. But he had no-hit stuff tonight, I can tell you that. Uggla had some good at-bats against him. He made him come to the zone against him, and he ended up walking him twice.
“They got this one, they evened it up. Now we’ll try to win the series tomorrow.”
See any signs of injury from Beachy before that last batter?
“I didn’t at all. His fastball was still sneaking by their guys. I didn’t see anything.”
On the loss and losing Beachy early in the game
“Anytime you lose a pitcher who’s leading the league in ERA right now, it’s tough. We got one hit tonight, obviously that’s never a good thing. You’ve got to tip you hat to Hammel – he pitched great. That sinker was really darting, and he was putting his off-speed pitches over when he needed to.”
On the loss, getting team’s only hit
“All in all, honestly we want to win ballgames; that’s what we set out to do. But to lose your starting pitcher, to lose Beach tonight … it’s really unfortunate. Especially since he had 11 up, 11 down before the walk.”